Les transformateurs Duchamp / Duchamp's Trans/formers

Jean-François Lyotard, edited by Herman Parret, translated by Ian McLeod, and epilogue by Dalia Judovitz

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Edited volume - hardback

Duchamp's TRANS/formers is the third in a series of six volumes that exhaustively bringstogether the writings of Jean-François Lyotard (1924-1998) on contemporary arts and artists. This collection of essays, written between 1974 and 1977 in the middle of the time of Duchamp's rediscovery in France, was published by Editions Galilée (Paris) in 1977 and in English translation by The Lapis Press (Los Angeles) in 1990. This volume republishes the two versions face to face, including the drawings, diagrams and images of the original edition.

Duchamp's TRANS/formers reconstructs the Large Glass and Given, Duchamp's two major works that glorify the body in its topological conceptuality. The book introduces the question of the advent and the event of art, and invites us furthermore to consider the debt that philosophical commentary owes to the artistic gesture. This essay in philosophical aesthetics also includes reflections on the question of style, on the relation between the notions of transformer and performance, and on recourse to the machine in order to reveal the cunning nature of the machinations in play.

Herman Parret:
Préface /

Jean-François Lyotard:
Les Transformateurs Duchamp
Duchamp's TRANS/formers

Dalia Judovitz:
Postface /

Format: Edited volume - hardback

Size: 230 × 160 × 25 mm

256 pages

ISBN: 9789058677907

Publication: November 01, 2010

Series: J.F. Lyotard Writings on Contemporary Art and Artists 3

Languages: English | French

Stock item number: 60798

Herman Parret is Emeritus Professor of Aesthetics and Philosophy of Language at the Institute of Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Hoger Instituut van Wijsbegeerte, KU Leuven

Herman Parret donne une bonne introduction, à la fois ponctuelle et éclairante des enjeux esthétiques touchés par l'auteur, et encourage le lecteur à se faire emporter par la séduction de l'art de Duchamp, à laquelle lui, pas plus que Jean-François Lyotard, ne semble pouvoir résister.
Stefania Caliandro. Nouveaux Actes Sémiotiques. Comptes rendus, 2011.