Category Archives: Potlatch

The Pleasure of Surprise

In the story of Counterfeit Money the friend is judged by the narrator, but both are indicted by the appearance and look of the beggar to acquit themselves by sacrificing, i.e. to make a destructive gift to appease the gods, … Continue reading

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Derrida’s critique of Lévi-Strauss

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 relation, effectively annuls the gift; gifts cannot be exchanged “tit … Continue reading

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Hau: the Aura of the Gift

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 causes its recipient to pay it back?” (GT, 41) Mauss … 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

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 approaches this through a study of the potlatch, a property-giving ritual … Continue reading

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The Potlatch a War of Property

potlatch 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. (Wikipedia) Marcel Mauss’s description of the potlatch: “madly extravagant …Everything … Continue reading

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The Madness of the Gift

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 by necessity ordered on madness. Because of this there is … Continue reading

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The Politics of the Gift

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 natural and universal and therefore it must underpin all our … 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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Art as Gift Project

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 … Continue reading

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