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Fischli & Weiss Popular Opposites: Theory and Practice
Martin Creed The lights going on and off 2000
Robert Rauschenberg Erased de Kooning Drawing 1953
Tom Friedman 1,000 Hours of Staring 1992-97
Kelly Mark Demonstration 2003
John Cage 4’33” 1952
Glenn Ligon Untitled (I sell the shadow to sustain the substance) 2006
Hiroshi Sugimoto Theaters 1978-
Rachel Whiteread Untitled (Library) 2009
Reading Discussion On
1. As a group, please come up with at least 5 points that Groys mentions as the purpose or role (or even consequences) of Theory in Art.
2. As a group, please take about 1 minute each to recall and describe the actual process by which you engage with theory in your practice. Do you engage with theory before you make work, after, during? Do you question it, follow it, illustrate it, problematize it? How do you handle it, or does it handle you?
*or never – how do you avoid this?
3. As a group, please take about 1 minute each to start to describe the role theory takes in your execution process. How does this then inform how you understand art?
Break into groups of 4 or 5 and discuss the role of theory, and the role of praxis.
In your groups, you will be assigned an artwork and a binary (found or derived from the Groys reading). Please take up a chalkboard/newsprint area, and build a bridge between your binary terms. From here, please describe details of the work, and locate where they would fall between and unite the terms.
Class Discussion: If the content of art is about its own voiding, its own dismissal, its own irony, then why does it still matter?
Online Group Journal Questions Due Wednesday at 5pm
Baudrillard, Jean Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? 2011 (p.9-77) Final Journal!