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Title: The risk, the slip and the understanding of sculpture
Author: Horner, William J. C.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3581 7844
Awarding Body: Royal College of Art
Current Institution: Royal College of Art
Date of Award: 2005
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The following thesis is a 36000-word document of a PhD by project completed in the sculpture department. of The Royal College of Art between October 2001 and September 2005. The purpose of this research has been to reflect upon what it is to make sculpture and to produce a document that reveals the many considerations and implications that occur with the making of sculpture; to document the challenge, the risk and the understanding that sculpture's venture brings. This thesis begins with the teleological emergency of sculpture's undertaking in order to disclose the advent of its theoretical implications - to reveal sculpture's vital importance to aesthetics, epistemology and ethics. With the aim of demonstrating the interdependency of sculpture's practical and theoretical problematic, each of the first four chapters· orientate t~mselves around a simple practical concern; the first chapter begins with the radical leap of sculpture, the second chapter addresses its fearful quivering, the third chapter negotiates the potential of its slip and the fourth chapter contemplates its fall. While the first four chapters are illustrated with images of historical and contemporary art, the fifth and final chapter documents the research that has been carried out within the context of a studio practice and within various exhibitions that occurred throughout the four-year period. This research project poses sculpture as a philosophical figure of doubt; sculptural practice is seen to figure doubt literally and radically, but its doubting is seen to initiate knowledge. Whereas sculpture could be said to have stepped down in relation to contemporary fine art practice, this project claims sculptural method as a vital and fundamental way to knowledge; it puts forward the postulation of sculpture as an overcoming that is contingent to its necessary and abysmal fall.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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