Theories and Practices of the Original in Contemporary Art

Theories and Practices of the Original in Contemporary Art

Angela Matyssek

This research project focused on the theoretical and practical "survival" of artworks, including case studies of works by artists such as Dieter Roth, Duane Hanson, Barnett Newman and Joseph Beuys. Linking fragmental object biography and Actor Network Theory, concepts of originality and the “death of the author,” the project sought a critical understanding of the primary object of art history, the artwork, as an entity that is handed down and stabilized only by changes in its materiality and form, which are performed by various actors other than the artist.