David Wlazlo

Country

AUS

Affliliation

Monash University, Australia

Biography

Paper

Conceptual Art As Literary Writing: The Introductory Editorial to the Journal Art - Language Read Through the Work of Jacques Derrida

Abstract

This paper examines the early work of the collaborative group Art & Language (A&L), particularly their 1969 Editorial Introduction to the first issue of their self-published journal Art ' Language.  Reading through Jacques Derrida's text This Strange Institution Called Literature, this paper examines the work of A&L in relation to a principle of literature outlined by Derrida which grants the literary the power to say anything and everything, while simultaneously allowing anything said to be dismissed as fiction. This paper discusses this principle in relation to A&L's particular interpretation of the conceptual art movement, and relates it to recent attempts to historicise the conceptual art movement which valorise modes of institutional critique at the expense of other, more self-reflective conceptual art practices.

Date

Tuesday 27 September

Session

3:30pm - 5.00pm

Speaking

4:00pm

Email

dwlazlo@gmail.com

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