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Thomas Hirschhorn in "Investigation"Preview

In this preview from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 7 episode, Investigation, artist Thomas Hirschhorn describes the importance of having community support when creating his temporary monument projects.

Shown at work on Gramsci Monument (2013) from the Forest Houses in the Bronx, New York, Hirschhorn recalls finding a “key to the neighborhood” in Forest Houses president, Erik Farmer. “Thomas is definitely out there,” says Farmer, “but he got me out there with him.”

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Thomas Hirschhorn

Thomas Hirschhorn shapes public discourse that relates to political discontent, and offers alternative models for thinking and being. Believing that every person has an innate understanding of art, Hirschhorn resists exclusionary and elitist aesthetic criteria—for example, quality—in favor of dynamic principles of energy and coexistence. He creates sprawling installations from mundane materials (packing tape, cardboard, foil) that engage the senses. Using collage as a form of interpretation and critique, Hirschhorn presents intellectual history and philosophical theory much as he does everyday objects and images, and poses questions about aesthetic value, moral responsibility, political agency, consumerism, and media spectacle.

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