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 […]

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

 

A bird in the head

Derek Hampson
White Fantail
2017,
Oil on board and wood construction,
30 x 23 x 9 cm.

A bird in the head

Danielle Arnaud
123 Kennington Road
London SE11 6SF

10 June – 8 July 2017
Private view: Friday 9 June 6 – 9pm

123 Kennington Road London SE11 6SF UK
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Starting 26th January 2017, the Art & Theory Reading Group met once a month for four months, at Wollaton Street Studios, to discuss Jacques Derrida’s Given Time: 1. Counterfeit Money. Examining the implications for artistic practice of its ostensible theme of the gift, expressed in Derrida’s process of deconstruction and his “strict taste for refinement, paradox and aporia.”

Each of the four meetings was dedicated to reading one of the four chapters of Given Time, in preparation for which I wrote a series of posts summarising my own reading of the relevant chapter. I have shared links to these posts below.

Derek Hampson
(Art & Theory Reading Group Convenor)

The Luck of the Gift

Dice

The Unconditionality of the Gift and the Event (123) The event…the unique, the one-off, happening now and never to be repeated. Both the gift and the event must be unforeseeable and must be structured by the aleatory the “chancy,” apprehended in a “perception that is absolutely surprised by the encounter with what it perceives.” A […]

via The Luck of the Gift — Art & Theory Reading Group

The narrative structure of Counterfeit Money 2

What happens in the story happens to the narration (122) Derrida says that the effect of Counterfeit Money is that of an event that has taken place. This event is not the content of the story, that which the narrative is generally thought to report. What happens happens to the narration, to the elements of […]

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The narrative structure of Counterfeit Money 1

The economic cycle of confession and unforgiveness (121) There is a structure of narrative relation between the friend and the narrator in Counterfeit Money. This is expressed in what the friend recounts to the narrator, “it was the counterfeit coin,” boasting and confessing, what in truth happened. This telling of the truth by the friend […]

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