If authorship is irrelevant, does it matter that Heidegger and Paul de Man penned anti-Semitic works?
If you remove an author from his or her work, does that also remove accountability? Should writers like Heidegger and Paul de Man be able to write sexist, racist or homophobic works under the anonymity that the death of the author gives them?
Roland Barthes wrote of the Birth of the Viewer. Modern theorists and critics speak of the Creative Eye. If meaning is in the eye of the beholder – hermeneutical pluralism, what if these interpretations are incompatible? Moreover, if as a viewer my interpretation includes the idea that only my understanding … Continue Reading Does an art work mean whatever viewers think? What if viewer’s have incompatible interpretations?
If authorship doesn’t matter, isn’t the public interest in the designer of a celebrity’s clothes interesting?
The recent Golden Globes was a case in point. During the red carpet interviews, the interviewer always asked the inevitable “who are you wearing?” question. Therefore it seems that it is considered in the public interest to think the designer important in appreciating the design.
Roland Barthes’ seminal essay The Death of an Author and Foucault’s What is an author discussed the role of the author in literary texts. However, much of this theory has been applied to the plastic arts. If authorship is irrelevant, why is their such concern in academia about plagiarism, and … Continue Reading If an artworks authorship is irrelevant, what is a forgery ?
Do the intentions of an artist have an influence over the work’s meaning, or does the work gave a life outside the artist?
Is the meaning of a work the outworking of artistic intent, or does the work have a presence beyond the artist whereby its meaning can change from culture to culture from time to time?
Film of latest Intentist exhibition is to be screened at a student film festival at the Genesis cinema, Stepney for Central Saint Martin students amongst others.
The recent short film of the Intentism exhibition will be screened at a film festival in Stepney. More details to follow…
Various Intentists are beginning work on a short film that visually demonstrates the creative Trail
The short film documenting the recent Intentist exhibition off Brick Lane, London has now been uploaded on Youtube. The film includes interviews with all but one of the artists.
An accompanying essay entitled: Why Intentism? Because Intentions matter went on The Independent blog: http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2011/10/30/why-intentism-because-intentions-matter/ After a couple of days there were more comments posted for this blog than any other on the site. Please take a look if you haven’t already.
The annual Battle of Ideas conference took place on the 29th and 30th October at the Royal College of Arts. It is known as a two day event of thought-provoking, public debate organised by the Institute of Ideas: http://www.battleofideas.org.uk/ On Sunday 30th October from 12:30-1:30pm in the Henry Moore Gallery there was a lunchtime … Continue Reading Battle of Ideas 2011