Journal Publication - Dr Denise Thwaites

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Our Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Dr Denise Thwaites recently contributed an article to the highly ranked philosophy journal Derrida Today.

Thwaites, D. 2017. Danto, Derrida and the Artworld Frame. In Derrida Today, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp. 67-88

This paper examines the hitherto neglected resonance between Danto’s and Derrida’s concepts of the Artworld and the Frame. In doing so, I challenge prevalent understandings of Danto’s theoretical framework, highlighting the necessary instability that he integrates into his definition of the art object. Equally, I emphasise the applicability of Derrida’s deconstructive concept to the concrete conditions of contemporary artistic practice.

I begin by examining the tensions present in Danto’s definitional approach, as it demands a complex vision of Artworld relations. I then consider how the ontologically constitutive character of Danto’s Artworld may be re-examined through Derrida’s concept of the parergon, as a supplementary techné that is fundamentally unstable and fragmented. Through this comparative reading I show that despite their different approaches, Danto’s and Derrida’s philosophies of art advance similar ontological conclusions. I thus argue that while their differences should not be minimised, our understanding of Danto’s and Derrida’s aesthetic concepts is enriched through recognition of their unforeseen correspondences.