The notion of 'we' : articulating ethical moments in art
Broadly speaking, this research involves a philosophical and socio-political investigation of creative force entailed in the realm of art. It focuses on how to assess the elusive aspect of power that is engaged with the notion of `we'; and explores what the notion contributes to art-making. The written thesis consists of four chapters, each of which is concerned with the notion of `we' in different ways. Firstly, a matter of ethics that is involved in the notion of `we' will be looked at using Derrida's reading on Levinas's idea of the Face of the Other; Deleuze's image of thought; Deleuze's becoming; Derrida's hospitality and responsibility. Secondly, the ways in which curators and artists-as-curators engage with the authoritarian voice entailed within the curatorial practice will be discussed by looking at some works of display and exhibition making. Thirdly, artwork made by artists such as Cildo Meireles and Jeremy Deller will be evaluated from the point of view that the artist does not necessarily play the role of the author who controls the meaning of their own work. In the light of this, how artists establish their different artistic strategies will be assessed. In the fourth section, some of the texts which I have produced during the research period and which are accompanied with visual images of my works will be presented to demonstrate the mutual interdependence of my writing and making. Throughout the research period, studio-oriented work, collaborative works including co-curation and co-organizing events, artist's talks, and writing as art have been developed and realized with a particular emphasis on looking at the ways and kinds of communication that are possible through works of art. This includes my final show at Chelsea College of Art & Design (19-21 May 2006); the solo shows 100 Books Which I Didn't Buy at Unit 2 (2005, London) and from the middle through the middle at Changing Room (2002, Scotland); co-curation of the video screening SCRAMBLE at Brunei Theatre (2002, London) and CCA (2003, Glasgow); the symposium Interrupting Connections: performative Interventions at West Space (London, 2003).