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Title: Recomposing the image of the world : micropolitical art interventions in the 21st Century
Author: Shepherd, Jessica
ISNI:       0000 0004 7963 2878
Awarding Body: Goldsmiths, University of London
Current Institution: Goldsmiths College (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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This research explores how creative practices can renew perceptions of 'globalisation'. Against the backdrop of increasingly polarised political discourses, in which 'globalisation' is often understood as synonymous with 'global capitalism', the following research aims to expose and deconstruct ideologies that ultimately situate people as commensurable and exchangeable. Its purpose is to find ways in which through cultural practices - in particular micropolitical art interventions - we might recompose the image of the world, facilitating critical methodologies that can sustain creative freedom and positively impact the ways in which we constitute our environments. To do this, it turns to the work of philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, in particular his writings on 'world-forming', and undertakes embodied reflections on these writings through three practices: protest performances with arts group Liberate Tate, grassroots curatorial practices with Art Action UK and institutional research at the Arnolfini in Bristol (participating in the Arts Council England Quality Metrics framework). I approach these three practices through analyses of three key philosophical threads throughout Nancy's writing: spacing, exscribing and co-appearing. These concepts are critically evaluated with reference to their philosophical or literary context, contemporary art theory and political theory. To further address why and how these practices might recompose the image of the world, each analysis plots the development of theory from ontology to the political - a process that Nancy visualises as a 'slope' or 'inclination'. Tracing this incline throughout Nancy's writing, the thesis looks at ways in which cultural practices can sustain critical and creative engagement, facilitating alternative global paradigms. It suggests that recomposing the image of the world has ethical implications for artists, curators, audiences and cultural institutions.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral