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On Not Saying, Not Knowing and Thinking About Nothing: Adorno, Dionysius, Derrida and the Negation of Art

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-217
JournalParagraph: A Journal of Modern Critical Theory
Issue number2
Early online date21 Jun 2018
Accepted/In press17 Dec 2017
E-pub ahead of print21 Jun 2018
Published1 Jul 2018


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This article examines accounts of negation or the apophatic in Pseudo-Dionysius, Theodor Adorno and Jacques Derrida alongside a contemporary work of art by London Fieldworks, Null Object: Gustav Metzger Thinks About Nothing (2012). By exploring models of negative knowledge offered in these works, it asks what happens to the work of art when it becomes preoccupied with negation and how a work of art might embody or manifest – without reproducing – philosophical discourses about negation.

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