Sharif Abraham

The Spatial Arts: An interview with Jacques Derrida /

Peter Brunette & David Wills interview Derrida in 1990 in America. He talks about great work as consisting of it's ability to resist "philosophical authority" and it's emancipation from the hegemony and authority of philosophical discourse. In other words that which makes the work unplaceable, enabling it to escape the space of certainty.The idea being that if the work is only there to fill a hole- that is, it meets historical, ideological and technical requirements- then there is no work (of art presumably). If there is work, it is because that even when all conditions of analysis have been met, something else still happens. If the same thing is being recognized then it would be a stillborn, dead from the start, and nothing has happened. It needs to transform, to move elsewhere for something to have happened. You can download the full interview here.

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