The first quandary posed by fish, plant, rack (2004) by Andy Gracie involves identifying the category of contemporary art-making that best represents this curious installation.

The first quandary posed by fish, plant, rack (2004) by Andy Gracie involves identifying the category of contemporary art-making that best represents this curious installation. There are five options: multimedia art, multidisciplinary art, interdisciplinary art, intermedia art, and transdisciplinary art.

Multimedia art combines several distinct media, as when a single artwork consists of text, audio, still images, and animation.

Multidisciplinary art combines several distinct branches of learning or fields of expertise, as when artists and scientists work on a given project, but each retain their own methodologies.

Interdisciplinary art involves the transfer of methods from one discipline to another, as when an artist’s creative process emulates anthropology or engineering.

Intermedia art typically combines different art genres, as when a single work of art consists of poetry and drawing, or painting and dance.

Transdisciplinary art creates a new, unified reality by combining separate disciplines and transcending individual bodies of knowledge, as when artists merge information sciences and biological sciences.

None of these categories was satisfactory because Gracie’s work of art is so ‘multi’, ‘inter’, and ‘trans’ that all five categories apply.

a. Describe how each of these terms applies to fish, plant, rack.

b. Consider any one of the following works of art and explain if and how these term(s) apply to it: Haacke’s Rhinewater Treatment, Schneemann’s Meat Joy, HeHe’s Nuage Vert, Red Earth’s Enclosure, Pedro Reyes’s Pistols to Spades, Starling’s Cactus House.