Given Time chapter 1 – part 1 — Art & Theory Reading Group

Reading Given Time How should we read Jacques Derrida’s Given Time, a text that seems to defy standard approaches? Central to its understanding is to be aware of the need for a close reading of a text in which its subjects, the gift and time and their “impossibility,” are embedded in its structure. These subjects are […]

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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 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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Art and Theory Reading Group

– a workout for the mind!

Theoretical thinking plays an ever increasing role in the creation and understanding of contemporary art. The Art and Theory Reading Group aims to create a meeting place for those interested in expanding their understanding of the relationship between the two, by exploring some of the works of key twentieth century thinkers and practitioners.
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