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by Antony Hudek The MIT Press
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Artists increasingly refer to 'post-object-based' work while theorists engage with material artifacts in culture. A focus on 'object-based' learning treats objects as vectors for dialogue across disciplines. Virtual imaging enables the object to be abstracted or circumvented, while immaterial forms of labour challenge materialist theories. This anthology surveys such reappraisals of what constitutes the 'objectness' of production, with art as its focus.  Among the topics it examines are the relation of theobject to subjectivity; distinctions between objects and things; the significance of the object'stransition from inert mass to tool or artifact; and the meanings of the everyday in the foundobject, repetition in the replicated or multiple object, loss in the absent object, and abjection in the formless or degraded object. It also explores artistic positions that are anti-object; theoriesof the experimental, liminal or mental object; and the role of objects in performance. The object becomes a prism through which to reread contemporary art and better understand its recent past.  Artists surveyed include Georges Adéagbo, Art in Ruins, IainBaxter, Louise Bourgeois, Pavel Bchler, Lygia Clark, Claude Closky, Brian Collier, Jimmie Durham,Fischli and Weiss, Luca Frei, Meschac Gaba, Isa Genzken, Gruppe Geflecht, Eva Hesse, Mike Kelley,John Latham, Antje Majewski, Gustav Metzger, Cady Noland, Gabriel Orozco, Adrian Piper, FalkePisano, Eva Rothschild, Aura Satz, Kenneth Snelson, Hito Steyerl, Josef Strau, Alina Szapocznikow,Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Erwin Wurm Writers include Homi K. Bhabha,Jack Burnham, Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, Lynne Cooke, Gillo Dorfles, Jean Fisher, Ferreira Gullar, CharlesHarrison, Paulo Herkenhoff, Julia Kristeva, Bruno Latour, Bracha Lichtenberg-Ettinger, Jean-FrançoisLyotard, Lev Manovich, Ursula Meyer, Bruno Munari, Georges Perec, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, DieterRoelstraete, Howard Singerman, Nancy Spector, Marcus Steinweg, Anne Wagner, Gérard Wajcman, Slavojiek
Antony Hudek is Senior Lecturer at Liverpool School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University. He is a translator of works by Jean-François Lyotard, a writer on contemporary art, an independent curator, and a copublisher of Occasional Papers.