Undulating matter : a topology of the studio

Robb, Charles (2013) Undulating matter : a topology of the studio. In Inter-Discipline : AAANZ Conference 2013, December 7-9, 2013, University of Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria and RMIT, Melbourne. (Unpublished)


With specific reference to the writing of Dan Graham and the experiences of creative practice, this paper will elaborate an account of studio practice as a topology - a theory drawn from mathematics in which space is understood not as a static field but in terms of properties of connectedness, movement and differentiation. This paper will trace a brief sequence of topological formulations to draw together the expression of topology as form and its structural dimension as a methodology in the specific context of the author’s studio practice. In so doing, this paper seeks to expand the notion of topology in art beyond its association with Conceptual Art of the 1960s and 70s to propose that topology provides a dynamic theoretical model for apprehending the generative ‘logic’ that gives direction and continuity to the art-making process.

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ID Code: 72060
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Methodologies of the studio, Practice-led research, Topology in art, Contemporary art, Nauman, Bruce, Graham, Dan, Post-medium
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Charles Robb
Copyright Statement: All rights reserved
Deposited On: 26 May 2014 00:58
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2014 03:53

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