Category Archives: Given Time Chapter 2 Posts

A workout for the mind! Theoretical thinking plays an ever increasing role in the creation and understanding of contemporary art. The Art and Theory Reading Group aims to create a meeting place for those interested in expanding their understanding of the … Continue reading

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Art as Gift Overview

Starting 26th January 2017, the Art & Theory Reading Group met once a month for four months, at Wollaton Street Studios, to discuss Jacques Derrida’s Given Time: 1. Counterfeit Money, examining the implications for artistic practice of its ostensible theme of … Continue reading

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Art as Gift Symposium – notice

Saturday 13​th​ May Lace Market Gallery 25 Stoney Street, Nottingham, NG1 1LP Talk, discussion and performance featuring artist and critic Peter Suchin (Art Monthly) and performance artist Annette Foster. Doors open 10:30 am, talk 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, performance … Continue reading

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Art as Gift 2 – Feb 23

The second meeting of “Art as Gift” discussed themes that emerged from our reading of chapter two of Jacques Derrida’s Given Time: “The Madness of Economic Reason: A Gift without Present.” This focuses on the anthropologist Marcel Mauss’s 1925 essay The … Continue reading

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The Delay of the Gift

(This post is part of the Art as Gift Project) From Reception to Restitution In his 1925 essay The Gift, Marcel Mauss seeks to explain the exchange economies of archaic societies in terms of gifts given and gifts returned. Mauss … Continue reading

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The Potlatch a War of Property

potlatch (This post is part of the Art as Gift Project) 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. … Continue reading

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The Madness of the Gift

(This post is part of the Art as Gift Project) Unreasoned absurdity Derrida says that the aporia that Given Time deals with, i.e. the “impossibility” of the gift, which to be a gift must not be recognised as such, is … Continue reading

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The Politics of the Gift

(This post is part of the Art as Gift Project) Marcel Mauss’s Moral Conclusions Marcel Mauss in The Gift proposes that the principle of the gift, because it is the foundation of the economies of archaic societies, must be both … Continue reading

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Situationist 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 … Continue reading

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