Installation Project 98 · Installáció Projekt 98



(13) Can the value of an installation be estimated and how? (→ selected answers)











Vittore BARONI (I): - Like it or not, everything has a value in this world, it's the law of offer and demand that will determine the prices.

Lilian A. BELL (USA): - I am not interested in the monetary value, only the esthetic value which can be estimated by artist satisfaction, audience reaction through actual viewing, participation and documentation.

Derek Michael BESANT (CDN/MEX): - Value is all context again; timing. The value is in the concept and how that is relevant to what the historical, political, or artistic issues are at the time it is made.

Geoffrey COOK (USA): - Like everything else in the art market - for good or ill - the raw emporium determines reimbursement..

Billy X. CURMANO (USA): - The value of an installation should be calculated by assessing the materials and space it occupies along with the fair market value earned by the artist's history of work.

György GALÁNTAI (H): - The spiritual value of an installation can be estimated by the number of the good links and, consequently, by the duration of its existence. If it is regarded as a consumer's product its monetary value is market-dependent, as in the case of any other products.

James JOHNSON (USA): - Its ephemeral/temporal nature makes an installation valuable in terms of esthetics, not material qualities. However, its elements and documentation may be valued in monetary terms as "object d'art".

Dobrica KAMPERELIC (SRB): - It is possible by contemporary art experts, but it is not as easy as in the case of traditional artworks... By the way, an installation by my friend Ilija Soskic has a new price each (new) year and it's last price was 33000 DM!!!

Július KOLLER (SK): - The value of an artwork has a "flux-character", it's time changeable, moving. Experts can only propose hypothesises.

Willi R. MELNIKOV-STARQUIST (RUS): - I think that the price of an author's unique art concepts must be considered higher compared to the real prices of the materials it consists of.

Mit MITROPOULOS (GR): - The process can: my survival, to keep on working. It is not the materials of an installation that matters, but it is how I anticipate them.

Luca PATELLA (I): - I am not too much interested in financial values. But an artistic value can be estimated depending upon the circumstances and the artist's desire...

Alberto RIZZI (I): - In every way but money (like all the art, by the way).

W. Mark SUTHERLAND (CDN): - Are we talking about value in $, if so, then one could say that in the value of an installation in this period of late-capitalism is whatever the art market can bare. However, I must confess that the ongoing between money and art mystifies me.


(14) How does copyright apply to installations preserved only in documents?

(2) Why did you choose to make installations and not anything else?

(3) What do you think of your own works?

(4) What do you think the difference is between your own work and other installations?

(5) What do you think of the relationship of traditional artwork and installation?

(6) What is the size and material of an installation determined by?

(7) Could you mention the installation you consider to be the largest and the smallest one?

(8) Is there any object or idea that cannot be installed?

(9) How does environment affect the installation of the work?

(10) Do you know any fact that restricts the possibilities of installation?

(11) Do you like making installation for order or at request?

(12) What do you think of preserving an installation?