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Contemporary Art Practices

“We do everything so automatically that we have forgotten the poignancy of smell, of physical anguish, of tactile sensations of all kinds”. - Lygia Clark

Contemporary Art Practices (CAP) as a term, reflects the wide spectrum of creative practices of artists currently working in the art gallery, museum, public space, online, and multiple other contexts of art making and exhibition. This field as it is understood today encourages an open and questioning observation of the contemporary world we live in. Artists no longer limit themselves to traditional forms of expression like drawing, painting and sculpture, and contemporary art practice reflects this transition as it encompasses a wide range of mediums, both old and new. Artists take on media both from everyday life and new technologies, to explore and understand our present day contexts. These can include digital imaging and the internet, video art, electronic music, performance art, textiles, bio art, ecological art and even short lived social interventions with ephemeral mediums like ice or dust. Contemporary artists are known to challenge the existing traditional social systems and boundaries by working with a range of materials, methods, concepts and subjects. They have pushed the discipline out of the safe confines of a studio and an academic environment into communities, the streets and out in nature.