Thoughts on an Index Not Freely Given

Thoughts on an Index Not Freely Given

In this unprecedented ‘fictive’ construction of the work of five imaginary artists from the 1980s, John Roberts produces an exhilarating theoretical encounter between futures past and futures present.


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In this ambitious theoretical encounter with five imaginary artists from the 1980s, John Roberts produces a set of richly constructed artistic thought experiments. But in creating the work on the page these thought experiments are not thereby novelistic fictions. On the contrary, the fictiveness of each artist’s work and biography is formed from Roberts’s critical engagement with the historical and theoretical determinates of the work he has created - artwork and its theoretical engagement forming an interdependent whole.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR.
John Roberts
John Roberts John Roberts is Prof. Art & Aesthetics, at the University of Wolverhampton, and the author of number of books, including The Intangibilitie...
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