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’s 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 […]

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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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Blue Fantails

Blue Fantails (oil paint and wood, 29 x 35 x 14 cm) for the The Horizontal Within, The Horizontal Without, exhibition at Lubomirov/Angus Hughes, until February 5th.

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Tinzen Blue

My painting Tinzen Blue (oil on canvas, 30 x 183 cm) for the The Horizontal Within, The Horizontal Without, exhibition at Lubomirov/Angus Hughes, until February 5th. Below, installation view of painting within Archival Configuration, installation curated by Peter Suchin with work by Peter Suchin, Louise Bristow and myself.

 

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Vasily Kandinsky on Blue

Kandinsky reinforces the relationship of the colour blue to distance in these quotations from The Spiritual in Art (1911).

  • Blue … moves in upon itself, like a snail retreating into its shell, and draws away from the spectator.
  • The inclination of blue to depth is so strong that its inner appeal is stronger when its shade is deeper.
  • Blue is the typical heavenly colour.
  • I perceive blue as a movement of detachment from man, from the human, a movement that draws us toward the centre of this colour but also towards the infinite, awakening in us a desire for the pure and, finally, for the supernatural.
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