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Almost Nothing: Observations on precarious practices in contemporary art

Anna Dezeuze


This book proposes a new reading of contemporary art between 1958 and 2009 by sketching out a trajectory of ‘precarious’ art practices. Such practices risk being dismissed as ‘almost nothing’ because they look like trash about to be thrown out, because they present objects and events that are so commonplace as to be confused with our ordinary surroundings, or because they are fleeting gestures that vanish into the fabric of everyday life. What is the status of such fragile, nearly invisible, artworks? In what ways do they engage with the precarious modes of existence that have emerged and evol ... More

Keywords: Precariousness, Dematerialisation, Precarity, Assemblage, Slackers, Nothing, Everyday, Deskilling, Failure, Zen Buddhism

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780719088575
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719088575.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Dezeuze, author
Ecole Supérieure d'Art et de Design Marseille-Méditerrané

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