Camping in a Mudhouse: Ruins and Fragments as Tropes of Reflexivity

By Alec Shepley.

Published by The International Journal of Arts Theory and History

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published Online: January 21, 2016 $US5.00

This paper contextualizes three iterations of contemporary art practice performed in Delhi, September 2014, and explores the notion that artistic activity occurs first of all in the field of distribution. In this paper, I speculate on the insistence of a procedure that uncovers the spaces of potential and allows new voices to emerge through a dispersed practice. These new works are part of a broader practice highlighting the creative potential of the fragment to restore an embodied relationship with the world. These new works are a direct result of my speculative proposal included in the exhibition curated by Raqs Media Collective as part of INSERT2014, titled “New Models on Common Ground,” held at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in Delhi, February 2014. The paper explores creative work that attempts, as Marcel Duchamp once put it, to be not of art, but outside the usual parameters of art and which sidesteps or at least delays being co-opted by the institutions that define art as “art” and that have traditionally distributed it.

Keywords: Artistic Research, Creative Practice, Uncertain Practices

The International Journal of Arts Theory and History, Volume 11, Issue 2, June, 2016, pp.13-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: January 21, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.176MB)).

Prof. Alec Shepley

Head of School of Media, Arts and Design and Professor of Contemporary Arts Practice, School of Art and Design, Wrexham Glyndŵr University, Wrexham, UK