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In the AND : experimentation and the impossible in the art of John Murchie, Mary Scott and Eric Cameron

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In the AND : experimentation and the impossible in the art of John Murchie, Mary Scott and Eric Cameron

Falvey, Emily (2000) In the AND : experimentation and the impossible in the art of John Murchie, Mary Scott and Eric Cameron. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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It is generally understood that certain kinds of art, particularly those associated with the historical and neo-avant-gardes, are experimental. Sadly, very little scholarship addresses this popular assumption in a serious way. Theorisations of 'experimental art' persistently define it in terms of a break with tradition, a cult of the new, a teleological quest, an aesthetic science of progress or an aggressive nihilism. In most cases, however, experimentation is absorbed by more widely embraced concepts such as 'chance' or 'the absurd.' All too frequently it is left to function simply as an adjective. The artwork of John Murchie, Mary Scott and Eric Cameron provides us with an opportunity to consider programmatic and rhetorical experimentation in greater depth. At the same time, it affords us an experimental protocol in which we are invited to participate pragmatically. The advent of poststructrualism in the late '70s coincided with the production of a discrete group of substantial theoretical and philosophic texts that addressed art and literature from a perspective informed by the avant-garde. In many ways this theory is also an invitation to experiment. At the very least it provides us with an opportunity to consider art in terms of a multiplicity of experimental valences.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art History
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Falvey, Emily
Pagination:[vii] p., 106 leaves : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Art History
Date:2000
Thesis Supervisor(s):Foss, Brian
ID Code:1067
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:16
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:18
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