Alas, the problems with relational art are as big as the theory that supports it. There was once a time when artists immersed themselves in a medium and satisfyingly concentrated on poetic invention within it. As artists abandon the techniques and discipline of a medium and see their role as social facilitators and theorists, they have less and less chance to make a contribution to visual language. They tend not to come up with things that are interesting to look at. It sometimes happens with relational art that the ideas in the catalogue are interesting but the work of art as object or space or performance is forgettable and unreviewable. And here’s the paradox: relational art is boring to those who don’t have a relation to the artists who make it.