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BEYOND ART: DISSOLUTION OF ROSENDALE, N.Y.

(Project Press, 2012)
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BEYOND ART: DISSOLUTION OF ROSENDALE, N.Y.

When artist Raivo Puusemp (b. 1942, EE/US) was voted mayor of Rosendale, New York, in 1975, the village was plagued by an overbearing tax structure and problems with municipal utilities.Following his election and throughout his tenure, Rosendale’s residents were not aware of Puusemp’s practice as a conceptual artist, his early interest in phenomenology, nor his later experiments with group dynamics and socio-political processes. Puusemp’s approach to the post was, however, an artistic one. He believed that in politics, influence and concept could come together compatibly. Employing conceptual strategies to tackle the village’s issues, Puusemp viewed the situation as an artwork in the form of a political problem. He drew upon previous works—which he called ‘influence pieces’—in which the artist would steer subjects into unconsciously executing his ideas.

By March of 1976, Puusemp had persuaded the people of Rosendale, with a landslide 2-1 vote, that the dissolution of the village government would be the best possible resolution to their problems. By October of that same year, Puusemp resigned as mayor, withdrew himself from the art context and moved with his family to Utah.

Rosendale, A Public Work was an attempt to superimpose a formal idea upon an essentially directionless, political microsystem and to affect that system permanently by doing so. Documentation of the process, including a series of official letters, papers and press clippings, was compiled and later published by the artist as the booklet Beyond Art – Dissolution of Rosendale, N.Y. Prints of the original publication have been reproduced to accompany the exhibition at Project Arts Centre, Dublin. For more information on the exhibition, click here.

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