The ways of things: Objects in the studio
Robb, Charles (2015) The ways of things: Objects in the studio. In Aesthetics After Finitude Conference, 5-6 February 2015, University of NSW, Sydney, NSW. (Unpublished)
Conventions of the studio presuppose the artist as the active agent, imposing his/her will upon and through objects that remain essentially inert. However, this characterisation of practice overlooks the complex object dynamics that underpin the art-making process. Far from passive entities, objects are resistant, ‘speaking back’ to the artist, impressing their will upon their surroundings. Objects stick to one another, fall over, drip, spill, spatter and chip one another. Objects support, dismantle, cover and transform one another. Objects are both the apparatus of the studio and its products. It can be argued that the work of art is as much shaped by objects as it is by human impulse. Within this alternate ontology, the artist becomes but one element in a constellation of objects.
Drawing upon Graham Harman’s Object-Oriented Ontology and a selection of photographs of my studio processes, this practice-led paper will explore the notion of agentive objects and the ways in which the contemporary art studio can be reconsidered as a primary site for the production of new object relationships.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||practice-led research, Contemporary sculpture, Object-oriented ontology, Subjectivity|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2015 Charles Robb|
|Copyright Statement:||All rights reserved|
|Deposited On:||31 Mar 2015 00:36|
|Last Modified:||03 Apr 2015 23:18|
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