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ERIC Number: EJ828026
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1074-9039
The Relationship between Self and Activity in the Context of Artists Making Art
Sullivan, Paul; McCarthy, John
Mind, Culture, and Activity, v14 n4 p235-252 Oct 2007
Art is an activity that has historically invited self-reflection, self-immersion, and self-exploration--for example, in self-portraits, exhibitions, experimentation with media--and that as such may open a window onto the relationship between self and activity. In this article, we describe two cases studies involving observation of and interviews with two artists to explore what it feels like to invest oneself in an activity emotionally, cognitively, sensuously, and reciprocally to "make oneself" through this activity. These case studies highlight the importance of authenticity in both the activity of making art and the making of self through making art. The implications for agency, emotion, and ethical activity are analysed and some of the implications for a sociocultural approach to activity discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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