Robert Smithson’s Nonsites could be described as one of the earliest explorations of relational sites through art practice. An attempt to use this strategy of Site and Non-site produced 'Nonsite Cyprus', a work that explored the political issues in Cyprus, sourcing material from both sides of the green line. Smithson’s nonsite sculptures were displayed with maps on the wall and these were strictly related to the nonsite itself, which he described as an ‘indoor earthwork’ (Collected Writings: 126). 'Cyprus Nonsite' employed Smithson’s dialectic to create an autonomous form.

 

 

Video Documentation:

Nonsite Cyprus (2012) from Alan R on Vimeo.

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