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Installation Art and the Practices of Archivalism
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David Houston Jones (University of Exeter UK)
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Installation Art and the Practices of Archivalism

David Houston Jones (University of Exeter UK)



Theory of art;
Installation art


198 pages

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On the leading edge of trauma and archival studies, this timely book engages with the recent growth in visual projects that respond to the archive, focusing in particular on installation art. It traces a line of argument from practitioners who explicitly depict the archive (Samuel Beckett, Christian Boltanski, Art & Language, Walid Raad) to those whose materials and practices are archival (Miroslaw Balka, Jean-Luc Godard, Silvia Kolbowski, Boltanski, Atom Egoyan). Jones considers in particular the widespread nostalgia for `archival' media such as analogue photographs and film. He analyses the innovative strategies by which such artefacts are incorporated, examining five distinct types of archival practice: the intermedial, testimonial, personal, relational and monumentalist.

By:   David Houston Jones (University of Exeter UK)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
Weight:   295g
ISBN:   9781138319547
ISBN 10:   1138319546
Series:   Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies
Pages:   198
Publication Date:   June 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Introduction 1. The Beckett Effect: the Intermedial Archive 2. The Archival Testimonial: Miroslaw Balka's How It Is 3. The Relational Archive: Silvia Kolbowski and Eija-Liisa Ahtila 4. The Personal Archive: from Christian Boltanski to Lifelogging 5. The Archive and the Informational Sublime: Arnold Dreyblatt. Conclusion.

David Houston Jones is Associate Professor of French Literature and Visual Culture at the University of Exeter, UK

This is a deeply compelling book. David Jones takes us into the quick of archive fever, exploring a range of artworks which exist in or refer to real archives, and allow reflection on our compulsion to archive and the rethinking of memory that theories of the archive allow. In a turn to Pierre Nora this book moves particularly to consider artists' interest in remnants, in material traces and the culture of remains. The illuminating series of chapters, beautifully titled - 'Intermedial', 'Testimonial', 'Relational', 'Personal', 'Sublime' - offers a taxonomy of archivalist practice. The interpretations yielded, of major artworks by Samuel Beckett, Christian Boltanski, Miroslaw Balka, Atom Egoyan and others, are gripping, deft, melancholy and disarming. In fine theoretical readings and measured discussions of the individual projects David Jones shows here, so brilliantly, how archive art engages major current questions of human memory and ethics. - Emma Wilson, Cambridge University, UK

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