Rules of Engagement: Trope of Estrangement - A relation between art and consumer object

Marin, Livia. 2011. Rules of Engagement: Trope of Estrangement - A relation between art and consumer object. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London [Thesis]

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This research explores the relationship between objects and subjects and asks to what extent objects are constituted through an act of subjective interpretation, and by which they enter into a circulation of meaning; or to what extent objects, as things, escape a full determination by this act of interpretation. Through the analysis of a variety of artistic practices (including my own artistic trajectory) and drawing on different philosophical traditions, I will argue that the object can neither be reduced to interpretation nor can it be theorized as ‘outside’ language. Conversely, I claim that, although linguistically mediated, the relation between object and subject is characterized by a space of ‘undecidability,’ which arises as a consequence of a partiality in the nature of the encounter between them. It is the nature of this partiality that I will address in this thesis.

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art and consumer object; object-subject relation; undecidability; estrangement; language.

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25 Mar 2013 15:19

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08 Sep 2022 08:34


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