Second Two Readings

Romanticism and the Life of Things and The World Must Be Made Romantic

The first reading is from Chapter Two of W.J.T. Mitchell’s book What do pictures want: the lives and loves of images, in which he focuses on objects. Published by the University of Chicago Press, 2005.

The second reading is from a catalogue entitled Ideal Worlds: New Romanticism in Contemporary Art, published by Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2005.

TASK: to read these two texts in preparation for our contextual group meeting during the  July Seminar in which we will discuss how the ideas within these two writings can connect/relate to your practice and/or thinking.


Response to the essay On the Value of Not Knowing: Wonder, Beginning Again and Letting Be by Rachel Jones


I found Rachel Jones’s discussion of Jean-François Lyotard’s ideas on the “childhood of thought” or the state of infancy in this essay particularly relevant (as cited in Jones, 2013, p. 24). Lyotard’s ideas propose that to learn how to think means to let go of everything one thinks one knows to enable one to think with an inventiveness that is both questioning and open (as cited in Jones, 2013, p. 24). Nurturing the potency of infancy the “childhood of thought” allows us the capacity to begin again and thus to find new ways of being and thinking (Lyotard as cited in Jones, p. 24). Although infancy is characterised by unavoidable vulnerability it is through this distress that the promise of things possible emerge (Lyotard as cited in Jones, p. 24). This potential relies on a willingness at times to embrace a state of unknowing and unpreparedness (Lyotard as cited in…

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First two readings

On Not Knowing How SArtists Think

Rachel Jones ‘On the Value of not Knowing’. Rebecca Fortnum ‘Creative Accounting- not knowing in talking & making. 

The book that I have drawn the two readings from is: On Not Knowing: How Artists Think by Elizabeth Fisher and Rebecca Fortnum, Published by Black Dog, London 2013.

TASK: To take a key quote from each of the readings above for a discussion in our first meeting during the seminar. I would like each of you to discuss the relationship to, and connections with your practice that each of the quotes engenders.