Maintenance, Craft and Prototype: Andrea Zittel’s Technologies for Living
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The contemporary artistic practice of Andrea Zittel incorporates a variety of working methods and mediums in making objects that slip easily from one context to another. Zittel's artworks, which range from textiles to found objects, domestic implements and architectural structures, are simultaneously featured in museum collections and used functionally in everyday life. Focusing on her artistic endeavors in New York in 1990s, this study investigates the slippery nature of Zittel's work through the lens of the equally slippery concept of technology. In order to interrogate such intersections, I will examine three of Zittel's projects: Repair Work (1991), A-Z Personal Uniforms (1991-present) and the A-Z Escape Vehicle (1996). These cases exemplify how Zittel's engagement with technology creates a dialogue between her work and artistic and historical movements of the past, while also engaging and critiquing contemporary culture.