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Linden Reilly
What Work Does the Artwork Do?

Edited book

London Metropolitan University
2003
ISBN: 1899764380

co-authors: Art & Language, Chris Smith
120 pages
a symposium, exhibition, book of written contributions and published symposium transcript

What Work Does the Artwork Do? was an event at which this question was addressed in symposium contributions, an exhibition of work by Art & Language and through written contributions.

The question addressed was: What work does the artwork do? The question allows the various forms of work the artwork does to be considered from a range of situated perspectives, such as artist, curator, collector, interior decorator etc. It frames artists and others to consider the work artworks do for them; what works (what is successful and, what does the work)? Posing this question was an experiment, a vehicle for exploring the effect of the way the question is framed on the research that it generates (testing Bergson’s notion that the "solution" is set up by the terms in which a problem is posed), specifically the implications of framing research questions in natural epistemological terms upon the resulting debate.

Contributions to the debate were elicited from a wide range of people; written contributions were submitted and circulated prior to, at, and after the symposium (What work does the artwork do?, third edition and online); and all symposium participants had numerous opportunities to contribute, including an open debate, which was recorded, transcribed, edited, and published as a booklet and on the web. The resulting contributions to the debate indicate a correlation between the epistemological implications of the way the question was posed and the models of practice elicited.

My contribution included contribution to and editing the booklet, editing the symposium transcript and co-organising the symposium:

Edited book: What work does the Artwork do? 3rd edition, Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design, London Metropolitan University, 2003, ISBN: 1-899764-38-0 . A selection of this material is available online here.

Chapter in book: What Work? What Does the Work? in What Work Does the Artwork Do? 3rd edition (as above) and online here.

Symposium: What work does the artwork do?, Unit 2 Gallery, London Metropolitan University, May 22, 2003, with Michael Baldwin and Mel Ramsden. The symposium question was addressed in front of an exhibition of work by Art & Language.

What Work Does the Artwork Do? - invitation

Edited symposium transcript: What work does the Artwork do? Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design, London Metropolitan University, 2004, pp. 1-63 and on the web here.


Please also refer to hardcopy item for this output.

related outcomes:
Linden Reilly: What Work does the Artwork do? A Question for Art
Chris Smith: Now They Are Surrounded
Chris Smith: What Work does the Artwork do? A Question for Art

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