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Title: The sense of Gagarin: between the 'artists in their own words' and the artist's text
Author: Deakin, Simon Barry
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2012
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This doctoral thesis provides the first major study of the Antwerp-based journal of artists' writings Gagarin. The research addresses artists' writings that are unique to this journal; providing a lead for others to undertake further studies of Gagarin and the artists that are represented in it. The editor of Gagarin, Wilfried Huet, solicits contributions from selected artists in different parts of the world and publishes what they send to him. Publications of artists' writing, and of artists' books, have a substantial history. This has resulted in problems to do with interpretation concerning writing, text, and books as art works: the opposition art/documentation, documentation as art, and artwriting are some examples. There is no editorial imperative in Gagarin to participate in any existing debate regarding the writing of artists. In fact the rationale for contributing to Gagarin is determined by the artists, as is the language of their texts. This may be made more accessible to the reader by the translation of individual artists' texts into Dutch and English if either of these is not the language of the text. For these reasons, Gagarin presents its own distinction between writing and art: that which is between 'text' and 'idiom.' It is possible that writing must be in an idiom in order to be art, such as a genre. The distinction between text and idiom is apparent when the texts take an unfamiliar or inexplicit form, they are juxtaposed to other texts or are translated. In short whenever writing can be understood as distinct from what is written. The questions to be answered by the thesis emphasize this distinction: how is space made in Gagarin? How do the artists' texts make sense? These are specified with a question common to both: to what extent are the artists in their own words?
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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