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ERIC Number: EJ805128
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0706-8107
Artifacts of Research
Bean, Robert
Canadian Review of Art Education: Research and Issues, v34 p69-87 2007
In this research, the author focuses on the contemporary culture of obsolescence. The topic has a specific relevance to recent transformations in photographic education as well as the emerging research environment in art production. Language and technology, cognition and consciousness and the sense of experience that is constituted by subjects and objects are inherent to this research. The very notion of obsolescence imposes an anxiety of loss that can conjure feelings of melancholy and nostalgia. Obsolescence stimulates rituals of collecting artifacts that acquire value through their scarcity or quality of production, a form of material nostalgia that endeavors to arrest the state of longing and seeks a uniquely human experience that is perceived as authentic. Through this research, the author continues to explore the difference between "obsolescence", frequently understood as a culture of consumerism and material waste, and the "obsolete", artifacts from the past that have been superceded or lost and which retain personal and critical value to one's understanding of the past and the future of art making. This context addresses the importance of memory, oblivion and the embodied intimacy of things. Although these differences assist with some directions in research, the two categories of obsolescence and the obsolete are also inherently connected through cultural and historical formations. The author concludes by noting that art as research has much to contribute to the contemporary artistic, scientific and technological environment. (Contains 32 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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