Mind Circles: on conceptual deliberation − Hanne Darboven and the trace of the artist's hand

Jespersen, Andrea (2015) Mind Circles: on conceptual deliberation − Hanne Darboven and the trace of the artist's hand. Doctoral thesis, Northumbria University.

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The phrase ‘de-materialisation of the art object’ has frequently assumed the mistaken role of a universal definition for original conceptual art. My art practice has prompted me to reconsider the history of the term dematerialisation to research another type of conceptual art, one that embraces materiality and incorporates cerebral handmade methods, as evidenced in the practice of the German artist Hanne Darboven. This thesis will establish that materiality and the handmade – the subjective – was embraced by certain original conceptual artists. Furthermore, it argues that within art practices that use concepts, the cerebral handmade can function to prolong the artist’s conceptual deliberation and likewise instigate a nonlinear conscious inquisitiveness in the viewer.

My practice-based methodologies for this research involved analogue photography, drawing, an artist residency, exhibition making, publishing, artist
talks and interdisciplinary collaborations with various practices of knowledge. The thesis reconsiders the definition of conceptual art through an analysis of
the original conceptual art practices initiated in New York City during the 1960s and 1970s that utilised handmade methods. I review and reflect upon
the status of the cerebral handmade in conceptual art through a close study of the work of Hanne Darboven, whose work since 1968 has been regularly included in conceptual art exhibitions. I discuss the many contradictions embedded in her practice, and establish how critics and theorists consistently simplified her work by predominately focusing on the conceptual aspects of her art practice. The thesis maps and analyses the historically disregarded fact that Darboven’s practice depended on materiality, as present in both her intensively temporal handmade processes and her methodologies of collecting. To explore the current legacy of this analysis I contextualise contemporary encounters related to fine art practice and conclude with a dialogue, artist-to-artist, with Lucy Skaer.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: female cerebral artists, concepts resisting dematerialization, practices consciously handmade, extended mind, 'enhanded' knowledge
Subjects: W100 Fine Art
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
University Services > Graduate School > Doctor of Philosophy
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2016 10:54
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2022 08:00
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/27631

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