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Art Monthly Talk Show on Resonance104.4 FM, 9th November 2012

John Douglas Millar discusses his feature article on Conceptual Writing and asks “Is writing still playing catch-up with art?” 

The term ‘Conceptual Writing’ was coined in 2003 to define literary works that may function as Conceptual Art, where the ideas behind the rule-based texts cannot be separated from the act of writing itself. But does this reliance on the act of authoring undermine the movement’s distanciating intentions?

‘Conceptual Writing might not seem particularly radical. After all, the Oulipo group have been experimenting with constraint-based writing for over 50 years and citation and appropriation are a fundamental of much modernist literature.’

Colin Perry discusses his review of Matthew Darbyshire at Zabludowicz Collection, London, The Associates at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, Theaster Gates at White Cube Bermondsey, London. He suggests that over these past few recessionary years, the context available for art in the UK has changed in line with public spending cuts. Creativity has increasingly sought a home in two types of well-funded organisations: private collectors’ kunsthalles, in which public and private functions mix freely; and the domestic houses and mansions managed by the heritage sector, in which art is programmed to respond to a permanent collection. But many artists show a deep ambivalence about such contexts.

The programme is hosted by Matt Hale who has worked at Art Monthly since 1991.


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