As noted by Hal Foster and Jean Baudrillard, now is the era where media used by artists have become 'non-specific' and confusing. This is the postmodern age where purity of medium is not an issue to the artist anymore. Taken over is a more adventurous and eclectic use of media involving as many sensory interactions as possible from the spectators. Thsi is what contemporary Installation is about as reflected from this book.
Concept and context of artwork are in precendence, opening more out-of-the-world possibilities in the making process of artists. It is a challenge to both artists and spectators in enabling more stimulating and shocking experiences from the work.
This book is divided into genre and theme according to aspects of 'escape', 'author and institution', 'exchange and interaction', 'time and narrative' and 'body of the audience'. All are essences of contemporary installation which is always an unexpected sensory experience with new insights.
Work of Meschac Gaba (Museum Shop, 2001), Mark Pvell (Supply and Demand, 2001) and David Bunn (I Feel Better Now, I Feel the Same Way, 1996) are life-like and realistically interesting.
Whereas, surrealistically creative and escapist are Live Forever (2001) by Lee Bul and Believe/Disbelieve by Mischa kuball.
It is definitely a book worth collecting for contemporary Installation and a great update on postmodren art-making.