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Here and there: An artist's writing as aesthetic form

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Abstract:

Developing the recent interest in art-writing, this one-act play explores one aspect of that area: specifically, an artist's writing. The monologue adapts Mieke Bal's notion of art history, written from the place of its objects, to invoke the idea of an artist's writing as writing by and as an artist. Contending that this is writing as aesthetic form, the play's Speaker proposes that an artist's writing is distinct from other forms of discourse about art precisely by virtue of its aesthetic dimension. The speaker defines aesthetic via Hegel's notion of the arts as a symbolic discourse in which the signifier is visible, and motivated by its signified. In a Hegelian scheme, this makes the arts inferior, and hence makes the task of defending aesthetic writing, which takes up the rest of this drama, all the more urgent. The case is made with reference to pedagogic pragmatics, cultural politics, ethics and therapeutics: Barthes' pleasure of the text with which the text concludes.

Keywords: Hegel's aesthetics; Mieke Bal; Writing-PAD; aesthetic writing; an artist's writing; situational fiction

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/jwcp.3.2.97_1

Affiliations: Chelsea College of Art & Design and University of Brighton.

Publication date: 2010-12-01

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  • The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice is the official organ of the Writing Purposefully in Art and Design (Writing PAD) network. It offers art and design institutions an arena in which to explore and develop the notion of thinking through writing as a parallel to visual discourse in art and design practice. The journal aims to extend the debates to all national and international higher educational art and design institutions.
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