Claire Bishop’s Situations is behind this group. I first came across her in response to Nicolas Bourriaud in October 2004. Here is what I have to say about that.
In her essay, “Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics”* Claire Bishop critiques and responds to Bourraid’s book Relational Aesthetics. Her main point is that Bourriaud focuses on artists that use “feel good” relationships. There are many artists that she highlights who create tension to highlight relationships and political situations. Bishop acknowledges the use of relations as a form employed in contemporary art, but calls for further criteria for critique. She highlights the fact that you do not need to have happy relationships to have a good work of relational art. She also questions the curator/critic role where the curator then writes about the work of the artist he shows, calling the curator the star.
I like her arguements here. She has a book called “Studio to Situation” where she developes these ideas further.
*Bishop, Claire. “Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics.” October (Fall 2004, No. 110): 51-79