Orpheus in the Artworld

Harris, Mark. 2015. 'Orpheus in the Artworld'. In: American Society for Aesthetics. Philadelphia, United States 20-21 March, 2015. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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We are always ‘becoming-artist,’ approximating the behavior of contemporary artist-roles,subjectivities, and practices in order to participate in, and be validated by, the artworld. Becoming-artist recognizes the collective action of contemporary art practice, a single shared work comprising interchangeable intentions and roles. Following Nietzsche, why must there be an intention behind a fiction? Why not many, or none?; why now?; why not later, or
never? This paper will consider the critique of subjectivity from Nietzsche and Deleuze & Guattari to evaluate the intentional failures of Kippenberger and Herold, the indeterminacy of Oliveros, Cage, and Eno, and the production procedures of other contemporary artists
that send meaning awry. It will propose intentionality as one tactic amongst many that are consensually validated in the making and consumption of contemporary art.

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8 February 2015Accepted

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Philadelphia, United States

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20-21 March, 2015

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08 Jan 2018 11:29

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29 Apr 2020 16:43



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