The Undecidable: Gaps and Displacements of Contemporary Art | esse arts + opinions

The Undecidable: Gaps and Displacements of Contemporary Art

- 2008

By choosing “the undecidable” as the starting point for a reflection on contemporary art, this publication intends a new and critical perspective on art, the object, and its relationship to the world and contemporary reality. Here, the notion of undecidability describes a multiplicity of borderline zones obliterating the limits between art and non-art, artist and object, fiction and reality, aesthetic and political positions. In the postmodern cultural context, it seems clear to us that what we define as undecidable cannot be reduced to a single identity, territory, or fixed and unitary history. Relationships and shifts are foregrounded between objects, truths and certainties within a current artistic production that resists easy interpretation or predictability. Contemporary art’s concomitance with the everyday and with life appears to be particularly destabilizing, such that current productions seem to suspend any definitive assessment that might attempt to circumscribe what is actually being proposed before us.

Edited by Thérèse St-Gelais

With essays by:

MARIE FRASER: On the Borders of Art
JEAN-PHILIPPE UZEL: Trickster Objects in Contemporary Art
PATRICE LOUBIER: Shortcuts and Ambushes: Forms of Undecidability in Contemporary Art Interventions
JOANNE LALONDE: Projections for an Unbeliever
JOCELYNE LUPIEN: On the Meaning of the Senses in Contemporary Art
THÉRÈSE ST-GELAIS: Of (critical) Provocation: Between Exhibition and Apparent Dissimulation
VINCENT LAVOIE: The Indefinite Archive. Walid Raad and Imaginative Dimensions of the Lebanese Conflict

A collection of essays published by Les éditions Esse
Creation: 2008
Country: Canada

L’indécidable : écarts et déplacements de l’art actuel
The Undecidable: Gaps and Displacements of Contemporary Art

Price: $30
296 pages, colour, 220 x 160 mm
Bilingual book (French—English)
ISBN 978-2-9809052-1-6


Subscribe to the Newsletter

 Retrouvez nous sur Twitter !Retrouvez nous sur Facebook !Retrouvez nous sur Instagram !





Esse arts + opinions

Postal address
C.P. 47549,
Comptoir Plateau Mont-Royal
Montréal (Québec) Canada
H2H 2S8

Office address
2025 rue Parthenais, bureau 321
Montréal (Québec)
Canada H2K 3T2

E. :
T. : 1 514-521-8597