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Fictioning: The Myth-Functions of Contemporary Art and Philosophy Paperback – 1 Feb 2019

ISBN-13: 978-1474432405 ISBN-10: 1474432409 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press; 1 edition (28 February 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1474432409
  • ISBN-13: 978-1474432405
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 3.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 980 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Reading Fictioning: The Myth-Functions of Contemporary Art and Philosophy has brought me great joy ... Deleuzian scholars, historians and theorists of the avant-garde, postcolonial and feminist theorists, theorists of the posthuman, artists and occultists will, among others, all find something of value here ... Fictioning requires an active, if not informed, reader, this is because at the heart of it is a call to follow the paths it traces; to perform and to make our own versions of the rituals it brings to our attention; and to discover thresholds where we normally find barriers, as in the case of that most persistent fiction and which remains at the core of the text: the fiction of the self." --Lilly Markaki, Royal Holloway, University of London, LSE Review of Books

"'Fictioning' here alludes to 'an open-ended, experimental practice that involves performing, diagramming or assembling to create or anticipate new modes of existence' and thus not to fiction writing per se, but the book turns out to be just as unputdownable as the best novel you can lay your hands on, or as hypnotic as Plastique Fantasique's tunes for that matter. Almost written as a philosophical whodunit, the book 'accelerates' the reader through to the final outcome only to find herself at the end of the book together with the authors back at the beginning, as they, and I, still have questions. This looping back complies with what Burrows and O'Sullivan find to their own surprise is the 'anamorphic aspect of the book', being both an academic survey, but equally 'a document of a journey, or itself a performance'." --Edith Doove, Leonardo Reviews

About the Author

David Burrows is an artist, writer and Reader in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, where he runs undergraduate Fine Art Media.

Simon O'Sullivan is a writer, artist and Professor of Art Theory and Practice and Head of Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Together, David and Simon are part of the performance fiction Plastique Fantastique which has exhibited and performed widely, most recently as part of the Hayward Touring show Shonky: the Aesthetics of Awkwardness (2017--18) and the TULCA festival We are the Screamers (2017).

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