Art Philosophy and Politics in the context of contemporary cultural production.

This is my Ph.D. thesis, which was produced between 2003 -2007 on an Australian Post-Graduate Award through University of Melbourne.

With over 600 global downloads from the University of Melbourne Digital Archive to date (For example; Australia 260+, USA 60+, UK 30+, Germany 20+, Turkey 25+, India 5+, Canada5+, Korea5+, Russia5+, Iran5+, Israel5+, Europe etc. etc.,) this thesis has been included in the University of Melbourne 'Thesis Series' publishing program and is now available as a Google Book or from Amazon - click on the image of the book for more detail.


The Key Issues Concerning Contemporary Art - University of Melbourne University of Melbourne Thesis Series

The Key Issues Concerning Contemporary Art
Art, philosophy & politics in the context of contemporary cultural production.

'Dr. Gary C. Willis has interrogated the complex relationship between contemporary art, popular culture, politics and philosophy.  His research reveals a parallel between the most contemporary and the most ancient conceptions of art’s role.  He demonstrates that art is essentially a knowledge-based project and offers a compelling model of art’s dynamic pivot and function.'

Dr. Barbara Bolt - Assoc. Prof. Contemporary Arts a & Culture - University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne Thesis SeriesThe Key Issues Concerning Contemporary ArtArt, philosophy & politics in the context of contemporary cultural production.'Dr. Gary C. Willis has interrogated the complex relationship between contemporary art, popular culture, politics and philosophy. His research reveals a parallel between the most contemporary and the most ancient conceptions of art’s role. He demonstrates that art is essentially a knowledge-based project and offers a compelling model of art’s dynamic pivot and function.'Dr. Barbara Bolt - Assoc. Prof. Contemporary Arts a & Culture - University of Melbourne

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'... drawing on a wide range of practices, from Barney & Bjork to Bowery and beyond, the work offers a truly impressive overview of arts practice today, making this a highly informative text.'
Damian Smith - Words for Art

Prior to this thesis being published with University of Melbourne Thesis Series, Lambert Academic Publishing (Cologne) published a re-editied and reconfigured reading of similar material under the title 'Art as Meme', which is also available, see following. Click on the image of the book for more detail;


Art as Meme - Lambert Academic Publishing - Cologne Lambert Academic Publishing - Cologne

Lambert Academic Publishing - Cologne - Art As Meme

The Art Meme -  The supernova that was art, must have imploded sometime back in the late twentieth century; its memes sent hurtling out into the furthest reaches of the universe. Everything appears as art now, although art itself has become a dark matter, a black hole, surrounded by pulsars. The mission of this project has been to track arts trace elements and evaluate its dynamic structure. To this end we have charted the further reaches of the stellar system and probed the dark matter itself, in a bid to quantify its magnetic field. What comes to light is a dynamic quantum, one capable of switching itself on despite adverse conditions. Art it seems is a charmed philosophical particle, which reinvents itself to re-polarize exhausted energy fields. The art meme activates a poiesis/mimesis pivot and, in an insubordinate act of language, serves to table the unsayable. In a duplicious act of double-conceit, art reflects and refracts all predictabilities to affect an existential shift in our electrical fields. Its objective to institute a change into the global matrix, but this can only be affected in a form of language. Art is an epistemology alright - but a weird one.

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