SITE : site-specificity

SITE : site-specificity


A site incorporates the inevitable connectedness of both time and space. A site is a location, place or position understood in reference to a larger whole and also often times as the location, place, or position of a specified activity.

site is often used in technical, scientific, or specific fields, such as archaeology, biology, or construction. In these contexts, the emphasis of site is often placed upon the action that is occurring or has occurred at the location. These technical uses again distinguish site from location, lending site a claim to specificity of place and action.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, artists began to experiment by using a specific environment, or site, as a facet of their works. These artists were often frustrated by their exclusion from the politics and tightly knit networks of museums and began to reconsider concepts of space, especially space outside of the museum including the outdoors itself.
often were inseparable from their environments. The term ‘site’ was paired with ‘specific’, creating ‘site-specific’, a word still much in art and architecture discourse today.

reconsider site as a medium itself. Site was seen as both produced and producing.

Without the aid of white museum walls to draw boundaries, the viewer is forced to consider site as indistinguishable from content or object.

Because site-specific work often utilizes public sites, many artists use this exposure and orient their work to interact with the social aspect of a site’s context.

Ana Medieta. Her works often seem to align neatly with McLuhan’s conception of the city as an “even further extension of bodily organs to accommodate the needs of large groups”.
all make use of site as a medium and the synecdochical relationship of site to physical and social surroundings. The exemplify McLuhan’s comment that “no medium has its meaning or existence alone, but only in constant interplay with other media.”


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