Camping in a Mudhouse: Ruins and Fragments as Tropes of Reflexivity

Shepley, Alec (2016) Camping in a Mudhouse: Ruins and Fragments as Tropes of Reflexivity. International Journal of Arts Theory and History. ISSN 2327-1779

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This paper contextualizes three iterations of contemporary art practice performed in Delhi, September 2014, and explores the notion that artistic activity occurs first of all in the field of distribution. In this paper I speculate on the insistence of a procedure that uncovers the spaces of potential and allows new voices to emerge through a dispersed practice. These new works are part of a broader practice where I am trying to highlight the creative potential of the fragment to restore an embodied relationship to the world. These new works are a direct result of my speculative proposal included in the exhibition curated by Raqs Media Collective as part of INSERT2014 titled 'New Models on Common Ground' held at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in Delhi, February 2014. The paper explores creative work that attempts, as Marcel Duchamp once put it, to be not of art, but outside the usual parameters of art and which sidesteps or at least delays being co-opted by the institutions that define art as ‘art’ and that have traditionally distributed it.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Artistic Research, Creative Practice, Uncertain Practices
Divisions: Creative Arts
Depositing User: Hayley Dennis
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2020 14:29
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2021 12:49

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