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Title: Politics and aesthetics of The 'Uncanny' Francis Alys, Santiago Sierra and Tania Bruguera
Author: Rosero, Andres David Montenegro
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis is a study of the artistic practices of Francis Alys, Santiago Siena and Tania Bruguera from the perspective of the uncanny. I propose a reading based on repetitions and returns, duplications and fragmentations, and unleashing of the repressed. My analysis focuses on the ways certain works produce a crisis in the viewer, characterised by a constant suspension of categorical dichotomies (such as past and present, master and slave, History and memory, individual and collective), and amplified by a questioning of artistic media and mi historical categories. I explore how these artistic practices, by deploying the repressed pastes) of said constructions, suggest a new politics for the subject, based on ambivalence, fragmentation and duplication(s). Importantly, the logic of the Freudian uncanny is unmoored from a strict psychoanalytical understanding and transformed into a methodology for art historical investigation. Each chapter offers a monographic account of a selection of works by each artist, with the intention of showing how the logic of the uncanny can be elaborated through their practice in different directions and beyond the strictly Freudian interpretation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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