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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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What is Tobacco?

(This post is part of the Art as Gift Project) a dissemination that destines the text to depart in ashes or go up in smoke (GT, 102) The place from which Counterfeit Money, as a scene of gift and counterfeit … Continue reading

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What is Given in Baudelaire’s Counterfeit Money?

(This post is part of the Art as Gift Project) Derrida’s concepts of “text” and “trace” (GT, 99-102) Towards the conclusion of chapter 3 of Given Time, Derrida, after many detours, approaches the text of Counterfeit Money, asking “how is … Continue reading

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Reading Counterfeit Money: 5. The Text Machine

(This post is part of the Art as Gift Project) This text, then, is also the piece, perhaps a piece of counterfeit money, that is, a machine for provoking events Given Time, 96 Background An incorruptible taste for refinement, paradox, … Continue reading

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Reading Counterfeit Money: 4. Crossing the Border

(This post is part of the Art as Gift Project) Part and Whole (GT, 94-95) In Derrida’s analysis of Counterfeit Money, as a short story within the collection Le Spleen de Paris, the larger is constantly overrun by the smaller. … Continue reading

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Reading Counterfeit Money: 3. The Dedication

(This post is part of the Art as Gift Project) A topological analysis (GT, pp. 87-88) Baudelaire’s Counterfeit Money was published as part of Le Spleen de Paris in 1855. Derrida uses the book’s spatiality, its topos to analyse the book’s … Continue reading

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Reading Counterfeit Money: 2. The Title

(This post is part of the Art as Gift Project) Derrida’s analysis of the title of Baudelaire’s Counterfeit Money (pp. 84-87) The title says: “since I say so many things at once, since I appear to title this even as … Continue reading

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Reading Counterfeit Money: 1. Introduction

(This post is part of the Art as Gift Project) Jacques Derrida’s Given Time: 1. Counterfeit Money is structured over four chapters. Chapters one and two consider the gift. Chapters three and four are organised around interpreting Baudelaire’s short tale Counterfeit … Continue reading

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The Fold of Language

(This post is part of the Art as Gift Project) The Relationship Between Language and the Gift (GT, 79-81) Derrida says any definition of language is informed by a certain relationship to the gift being there in advance, it is … Continue reading

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The Title of the Gift

(This post is part of the Art as Gift Project) Following his critique of Lévi-Strauss’s analysis of Marcel Mauss’s The Gift, Jacques Derrida, in Given Time (pp. 78-81), goes on to detail a further structuralist response to Mauss’s account of … Continue reading

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Derrida’s critique of Lévi-Strauss

(This post is part of the Art as Gift Project) Lévi-Strauss’s Linguisticism Jacques Derrida in Given Time (pp.76-79) claims that Lévi-Strauss’s critique of hau, in which he locates gift-giving rituals such as the potlatch within a structuralist logic of exchange and … Continue reading

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Hau: a structuralist critique

(This post is part of the Art as Gift Project) Claude Lévi-Strauss, in his Introduction to the Work of Marcel Mauss (1950), critiques Mauss’s notion of hau. This is the mysterious force in the gift, given in the property-exchange rituals … Continue reading

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Hau: the Aura of the Gift

(This post is part of the Art as Gift Project) In his 1925 essay The Gift, Marcel Mauss addresses the nature of the gifts exchanged in rituals such as the potlatch. Asking “what force is there in the given thing that … Continue reading

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