Duchamp All Ways: the Philosophical Reception of the Readymade

Stephen Zepke
Art Sciences and Art Education, Philosophy
2024S, scientific seminar (SEW), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S05130

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Duchamp All Ways: the Philosophical Reception of the Readymade

Without Duchamp’s readymade there would be no Contemporary Art. This seminal moment turned artistic creation into a conceptual act, one no longer confined to the traditional materials and topics of fine art, but able to engage with the entire world of non-art. Duchamp’s dead-pan humour placed the artist’s wit at the centre of their practice, a poetic approach that privileged the ‘grey matter’ of the artist, while often examining the ambiguities of desire and sex. This course will trace the history of the readymade’s philosophical afterlife, as it animates theoretical arguments and artistic developments. Our itinerary will include Duchamp’s differing receptions in the US and in France, his role in the emergence of Conceptual Art, his interpretation by philosophers such as Jean-Francois Lyotard, Felix Guattari, Thierry de Duve, Eric Alliez and Mauricio Lazzarato, and his influence on discussions of gender and labour theory, as well as his role in subsequent artistic movements such as Pop art, Relational Aesthetics and Participatory practices.

 

15.03  Introduction: Marcel Duchamp

22.03  Duchamp and the readymade. 

Readings: Marcel Duchamp, ’The Creative Act’, ‘Apropos of “Readymades”’

 

Easter break, 25.03 - 07.04

 

12.04  European and American reception: Dada and Surrealism, Nouveau Realisme, John Cage, Alan Kaprow, Pop art, Post-Modernism

Reading: Alan Kaprow, ‘Doctor MD’

19.04  Guest Lecture: Alexi Kukuljevic

Reading: From Kukuljevic, Liquidation World

26.04  Conceptual Art

Reading: Joseph Kosuth, ‘Art After Philosophy’

03.05  Post-conceptual art, Peter Osborne

Reading: From Osborne, Anywhere or Not at All, Philosophy of Contemporary Art

10.05  Jean-Francois Lyotard and Alain Badiou

Reading: From Lyotard, Duchamp’s Transformers; Badiou ‘Some Remarks Concerning Marcel Duchamp’

17.05  Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari

Readings: From Deleuze and Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus; Guattari, Schizoanalytic Cartographies

24.05  Post-Guattari - Nicolas Bourriaud, Eric Alliez

Reading: From Bourriaud, Relational Aesthetics; Alliez, Duchamp Looked At (From the Other Side)

31.05  Maurizio Lazzarato and John Roberts, the commodity and cognitive labour

Reading: From Lazzarato, Marcel Duchamp and the Refusal of Work, and Roberts, The Intangibilities of Form, Skill and Deskilling in Art After the Readymade

07.06  Thierry De Duve

Reading: From De Duve, Kant After Duchamp

14.06  The readymade today - Postmodern appropriation/deconstruction and other more recent artistic practices

Reading: Benjamin HD Buchloh, ‘Readymade, Objet Trouvé, Idée Reçue

 

* Readings will be uploaded to the Cloud at least a week before the lectures

Examination Modalities

Students will be expected to follow the readings provided, and write a short engagement with one of them, as well as a longer essay dealing with a theme of the course. Essays can be written in English or German.

Dates

15 March 2024, 09:00–11:00 Seminar Room 10 , "Change of room. "
22 March 2024, 09:00–11:00 Seminar Room 21
12 April 2024, 09:00–11:00 Seminar Room 21
19 April 2024, 09:00–11:00 Seminar Room 21
26 April 2024, 09:00–11:00 Seminar Room 21
03 May 2024, 09:00–11:00 Seminar Room 21
10 May 2024, 09:00–11:00 Seminar Room 21
17 May 2024, 09:00–11:00 Seminar Room 21
24 May 2024, 09:00–11:00 Seminar Room 21
31 May 2024, 09:00–11:00 Seminar Room 21
07 June 2024, 09:00–11:00 Seminar Room 21
14 June 2024, 09:00–11:00 Seminar Room 10 , "Change of room"

Course Enrolment

From 05 February 2024, 00:00 to 31 March 2024, 15:07
Via online registration

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