' Several perspectives - such as art, poststructuralism, postindustrialism andpostmodernism can be used to guide and direct the meaning of today's society towardsany number of desired locations. It is intended to therefore provide the reader with adebate that is both equally balanced with theoretical content and hypothetical analysis.The task of this essay will therefore be to discuss the major shift that has quickly takenplace from a society of industrial production during the situationists era of the 1960s, tothe information based networks of the 1990s. This shift has been described by FredricJameson, as the replacement of symbols which represent modernity, such as theautomobile and the freeway - for more technologically cultural icons, such as thecomputer and the Internet. It will therefore be attempted to explore today's information and media-based systems inrelation to previous models of production and manual dexterity. This will involve analyzingthe perspectives of Marx, the Situationist International (SI) and the work of Baudrillard.
Alan Rutherford (b. 1969, Glasgow) create sculptures and site specific works that look at the different ways that the land and its borders can be conceptualised. Drawing on the tradition of land art and the art object, of particular interest has been the contrasting nature of the 1960s land artist Robert Smithson’s dialectic of ‘site’ (nongallery) and ‘nonsite’ (gallery). This contrasting nature between that of site and nonsite, space and nonspace, utopia and dystopia and the point or place where they interchange and meet, can result in some highly unusual conditions. It is these conditions that give sculptural form to much of his sculpture.
Multiple site visits to Armenia, Berlin, Belfast & Cyprus have provided meaningful insights into the most extreme manifestations of such geo political conditions, where identity has been profoundly affected and fought over. By using combinations of simple materials, assemblage, text and photography these insights are explored and subsequently turned into a visual language that speaks of fragmentations and divisions.
2016 2019 MFA candidate with the OCA/UCA
1995 1999 Glasgow School of Art, Sculpture Dept (BA.hons)