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248 pages
30 illustrations
01 Mar 2011
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Parallel Texts Interviews and Interventions About Art, 1969-2010 Victor Burgin

The visual and written works by acclaimed artist and critic Victor Burgin span four decades. Parallel Texts presents a compilation of essays, interviews and extracts relating to his own production of artworks in galleries and museums, and theoretical essays in books and journals, over the past 40 years. Unusually, Burgin considers his artistic and critical writing to be interconnected.

Burgin’s ideas are ordered chronologically in the book: in 1969 - 72 he is first heard explaining the newly emerged ‘conceptual art’ to interlocutors accustomed to traditional painting and sculpture. In 1976 - 78 he explores theoretical foundations for a post-conceptualist socialist art practice in such non-Western precedents as Maoism and Russian Formalism. From 1979 issues of gender politics and sexuality come to the fore, together with a psychoanalytic framework for understanding these. Observations upon an ‘artworld’ turning to fashion and flattering wealth as it discovers its postmodernity are given. From 1987 - 2000, Burgin taught cultural theory in California, returning to Britain in 2001.

The interviews and writings from 1987 - 2010 reprise some core issues previously addressed, but now from within an environment almost unrecognizably transformed by cultural, political and economic globalization, and unprecedented forms of technology and violence. Parallel Texts will be invaluable to all admirers of Burgin’s art and writing and to those readers with an interest in contemporary art and art theory.

‘Collected here are essays and interviews from a wide variety of sources, all following a number of key issues, but never straying far from [Burgins] central theme of the complicated relationship between art, politics and theory. ARLIS’ — ARLIS

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Artist and writer Victor Burgin is Millard Chair of Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and Professor Emeritus of History of Consciousness at the University of California. His works include Thinking Photography (1982) ,The End of Art Theory (1986), Between (1986), In/Different Spaces (1996), , Some Cities (Reaktion, 1996), Relocating (2002) and The Remembered Film (Reaktion, 2004). He has exhibited his photographic and video works world wide and has works in many public collections, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

00. Preface
01. From ‘Situational Aesthetics’, Studio International
02. From ‘Conceptual Art: Interview with Victor Burgin’, Varsity
03. From ‘Rules of Thumb’, Studio International
04. ‘In Reply’, Art-Language
05. From ‘Introduction’, in Two Essays on Art, Photography and Semiotics
06. ‘Socialist Formalism’, Studio International
07. ‘Images of People’, contribution to The State of British Art debate, Institute of Contemporary Arts; Studio International
08. From Tony Godfrey, ‘Sex, Text, Politics: An Interview with Victor Burgin’, recorded in 1979, published in Block
09. From Rosetta Brooks, ‘Victor Burgin: Interview’, Z.G.
10. Excerpts from The End of Art Theory: Criticism and Postmodernity
11. From Mark Lewis, ‘Victor Burgin: Interviewed by Mark Lewis’, C magazine
12. From Geoffrey Batchen, ‘For an Impossible Realism: An Interview with Victor Burgin', Afterimage
13. Homi Bhabha, ‘Visualizing Theory’, from a public conversation at the Institute of Contemporary Arts; Visual Anthropology Review
14. From Tony Godfrey, ‘The Space Man’, Tate Magazine
15. From Amanda Nowinski, ‘Victor Burgin: The Art of Being Understood’, Speak
16. From Peter Suchin, ‘Seeing Between Signs: Peter Suchin interviews Victor Burgin', dpict
17. From Sarah Thornton, ‘Zeitgeitst and Transmission: interview with Victor Burgin’
18. “Medium” and “Specificity”, in Photography Theory
19. ‘Populism, Genre and the Blank Canvas’, paper given at the conference Populism and Genre, Tate Britain
20. From a ‘Q & A’ with graduate students at the University of Rennes, Haute Bretagne and the Université catholique de Louvain; in Components of a Practice
21. From Alexander Streitberger, ed. Situational Aesthetics: Selected Writings by Victor Burgin
22. David Campany, question put in an e-mail
23. ‘Face à l’histoire: Document and Interpretation’, paper given at the conference L’image document, entre réalité et fiction, la Fémis
24. From ‘Interactivity and Cinema’, talk given at the Jeu de Paume
25. From ‘Uncinematic and Virtual Signifier’, talk given at the Jeu de Paume
26. Hilde Van Gelder, ‘Artistic Representation and Politics: an Exchange between Victor Burgin and Hilde Van Gelder’, A Prior
27. From ‘Interview with Victor Burgin’, 1453: Journal of Istanbul’s Culture and Art