Hau: the Aura of the Gift

In his 1925 essay The Gift, Marcel Mauss addresses the nature of the gifts exchanged in rituals such as the potlatch. Asking “what force is there in the given thing that causes its recipient to pay it back?” (GT, 41) Mauss names this “force” hau, a Maori word which might be translated as “aura.” Hau signals […]

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Art as Gift: Intro

The following is a transcript of the Introduction to Derek Hampson’s talk on Jacques Derrida’s Given Time, for the Art & Theory Reading Group’s first meeting on the Art as Gift research theme, January 26th, 2017. Art as Gift is a collaboration between the Art & Theory Reading Group and Denise Weston’s Arts Council funded project […]

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The Delay of the Gift

The Time of Delay The Delay of the Gift; one of the subjects up for discussion at the ATRG’s February 23 meeting @ Wollaton Street Studios. This meeting, the second of the “Art as Gift” research theme, will discuss issues arising from reading chapter two of Jacques Derrida’s Given Time: “The Madness of Economic Reason: A Gift […]

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The Situationist Potlatch


“An exchange of insults”
POTLATCH WAS THE NAME of the information bulletin of the Lettrist International, 29 issues of which were produced between June 1954 and November 1957. An instrument of propaganda during the transitional period from the insufficient and failed attempts of post-war avant-gardists to the organization of the cultural revolution now systematically initiated […] continue reading…

Potlatch & the War of Property

The Potlatch: A gift-giving feast practiced by indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast of Canada and the United States, among whom it is traditionally the primary economic system. (Wikipedia) Marcel Mauss’s description of the potlatch: “madly extravagant …Everything is based upon the principles of antagonism and of rivalry. The political status of individuals in […]

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