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Where is ‘the subject’ in contextual practice?

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The notion of the subject implied by contextual practice finds its defining discourse in the traditions of social science where ‘society’ is regarded as essentially separate from ‘the individual’. This it is suggested, has led to a neglect of debate on subjectivity in contextual practice. What is offered as central to any contextual practice is a notion of subjectivity as distributed within, rather than separate from social relations.

Keywords: social relations; social science; subjectivity

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jvap.2.3.145/0

Affiliations: University of Central England

Publication date: March 1, 2003

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  • The domain of visual art hosts a multitude of artistic forms and practices. The Journal of Visual Art Practice supports research across the entire range of this varied field. The journal engages with the progressive nature of the subject, reflecting upon the changing terrain of art in recent years.
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