Network attached to art is a Black Box
often refered to as the ‘context’. It can also be the content, the subject relates to something other than the instance of art itself.
Sometimes the artist cuts these ties and says that only that what is in front of the viewer should be considered as the instance of art. Needless to say that this negation has the opposite effect. These relationships are also managed by the exhibition platforms. Example: the galleries and museums presenting artwork in a so called ‘white box’ situation.
Art-networks as black boxes, hidden until you open them up. Artwork is wrapped up and presented. Audiences start to look for the ‘tear here’ and ‘open here’, ‘start here’, ‘read me first’ signs.
The unpacking is also managed by statements, guides, talks etc. When artowrks are objects, the unpacking was about the content and object, ideas materiality, artist.
When artworks are immaterial, concepts or distributed collaborations for instance, the unpacking is about that. Audience participation unpacks the making process and the publication process.