Components of a Practice
By (author) Victor Burgin
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Victor Burgin by Victor Burgin
Book DescriptionA compendium of the history of contemporary American art and a living testimony of a sincere and active protagonist. Victor Burgin, an artist and sophisticated theoretician of the image, both still and in movement, was born in Sheffield, England, in 1941. He established himself on the international art scene in the late sixties, as one of the fathers of Conceptual Art, working both with the photographic medium and with moving images in his films. His work draws its inspiration from and is influenced by great thinkers and philosophers such as Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault and Roland Barthes.Over the past 30 years, Victor Burgin has become both a highly influential artist and a renowned theorist of the still and moving image. His writings on general issues such as photographic, psychoanalytic and cultural theory are noted for their lucidity, compactness and reason. In contrast, the photographs and videos that Burgin creates as an image-maker are richly paradoxical and constitute an inquiry into the structure of meaning in contemporary society. This book is different from Victor Burgin's previous publications, which are either monographs of his visual work - with essays by other writers - or collections of his theoretical essays. Although Burgin is known equally as an artist and as a theorist there has so far been no book in which Burgin turns his critical attention to his own artistic production. The proposed monograph will fill this absence and will appeal to a wide audience interested in photography, film and media.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9788861305427
(280mm x 238mm x 32mm)
Publish Date: 14-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: Italy
Books By Author Victor Burgin
Parallel Texts, Paperback (March 2011)
Parallel Texts is a compilation of essays, interviews and extracts relating to Victor Burgin's production of artworks in galleries and museums, and theoretical essays in books and journals, over the past 40 years.
Remembered Film, Paperback (July 2004)
Addresses the isolated fragments of films, iconic images or scenes, that fleetingly cross our perceptions and thoughts in the course of everyday life. This title examines a kaleidescope of film fragments drawn from a variety of media, the internet, memory and fantasy.
In Different Spaces, Paperback (November 1996)
Explores the construction of identities in the psychical space between perception and consciousness, drawing upon psychoanalytic theories to describe the constitution and maintenance of 'self' and 'us' - in imaginary spatial and temporal relations to 'other' and 'them' - through the all-important relay of images.
Some Cities, Paperback (September 1996)» View all books by Victor Burgin
Gathers places and moments along a life route that the author has taken from the north of England to his present home in northern California. This title explores characteristic themes of his earlier theoretical and visual works, such as the dimensions of politics and sexuality in everyday life.
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Author Biography - Victor Burgin
Victor Burgin came to prominence in the late 1960s as one of the originators of conceptual art. His works are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Tate Modern, London.
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