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Consumption Revisited

by Art21May 15, 2018 2:42:46 total runtime

In the first season of Art in the Twenty-First Century, artists responded to the concept of consumption—of images, information, objects, and land. Over the past two decades, Art21 films have continued to explore how artists approach this theme, broadening the scope of voices and investigating new forms of consumption introduced by emerging trends such as the rise of social media and the evolution of advertising tactics.

“We spend our whole lives training to understand movies and television and video games and clothes and beds and houses,” wrote curator Katy Siegel in her essay for the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 1 companion book. “And so contemporary art often invokes these experiences and objects; art often looks like a commodity, because in a consumer culture, nothing could be more essential.” This playlist begins with the five artists who were featured in the Consumption (2001) episode, followed by additional artist perspectives on how we consume the world around us.