Post-War Germany and ‘Objective Chance’: W.G. Sebald, Joseph Beuys and Tacita Dean / Nachkriegsdeutschland und ‘Objektiver Zufall’: W.G. Sebald, Joseph Beuys und Tacita Dean.
Steidl: Göttingen 2008. Reprinted as one of seven books in: Tacita Dean. Seven Books Grey. Steidl, MuMoK: Göttingen and Vienna 2011.
This book was written in English and German for Tacita Dean’s exhibition at Villa Oppenheim, Berlin, December 2008, and published by Steidl, one of the foremost international publishers of art books. It followed in its design a slip-case of seven books published for Dean’s Paris exhibition, 2003, which has been considered as a mile-stone of art publishing. The decision for her 2011 Vienna (MuMoK) exhibition was, however, to let the second slip case be grey. My book was thus reprinted as part of Tacita Dean: Seven Books Grey (Steidl, MuMoK), and there stands alongside writings by Dean herself, Peter Bürger, Douglas Crimp and Marina Warner.The book lets a dense and previously unacknowledged web of references emerge in Dean’s work through direct and indirect reference to Beuys and Sebald. Her An Aside exhibition, which had been praised as an “arbitrary”, concept-less exhibition, is established as following immensely stringent and fruitful lines of enquiry. In evidencing through example how the protagonists, representatives of three generations and two art forms, relate their works to their field of enquiry and to one another, I am following on from my work on Joseph Beuys (PhD) and the Joyce in Art book and exhibition (2004). To describe and theorize how rigorously researching artists relate their works to their sources, I use André Breton’s term “objective chance”. As a contribution to the discourse on artistic research, this book has been informed by and in turn profited my leadership of the world’s third-largest cohort of PhD researchers in Art and Design as my Faculty’s Head of Research Graduate School, 2007-11. (Abstract from the author)
Beuysian Legacies in Ireland and Beyond: Art, Culture and Politics.
Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, Victoria Walters (Eds.). Series: European Culture And Politics. Münster, Hamburg, Berlin, Vienna, London: LIT 2011.
Contents and list of contributors
Suzanna Chan and Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, "The Role of Diversity in the Production and Reception of Art in Belfast: Space Shuttle."
This collection of trans-disciplinary essays addresses artistic, cultural and political legacies of Joseph Beuys’ concept of art and its societal application, especially the artist’s concern with engendering an active relationship between art and society, for example through the Free International University (FIU). Since the 1980s, Beuys’ practice has had a strong influence both on “relational aesthetics” and the “art and reconciliation” movement, which has attempted to bring about cultural understanding and, where possible, reconciliation in situations of ethnic conflict (for example in Northern Ireland and Palestine). His work constitutes, one might argue, a form of applied anthropology. (Source)
Foreword: Fritz Senn, envoi: James Elkins, design: Ecke Bonk. The Lilliput Press Dublin 2004.
Contents & Introduction
1. Joyce and his Contemporaries
2. Illustration and Portraiture
3. Identities, Formalism, Concepts and Commitment
4. Materiality and related Joycean Issues in Contemporary Art
5. The Canon, Popular Culture and Contemporary Thought
Conclusion, Notes, Bibliography, Index
"Joyce in Art is an ambitious work. It is no exaggeration to say that it inaugurates its own field of research and proceeds to codify that field, giving it a formal concreteness and a scarcely hoped-for accessibility."
- Ruben Borg, "Entwining our Arts: A Review of Christa Maria Lerm-Hayes (his spelling!), Joyce in Art: Visual Art Inspired by James Joyce’’, in Journal of Modern Literature, 29, 4, Summer 2006, 189-193.
"Joyce in Art is also the first comprehensive account of visual art inspired by Joyce’s works, and brings together many artists and nearly every movement from Expressionism onward. (…) Joyce in Art is an absolute must for all Joyceans, and of immense interest to anyone working in Word and Image studies."
- Peter de Voogd, review of Joyce in Art.
“Special Theme: Word & Image”. In: CIRCA: Contemporary Visual Culture In Ireland. No. 104 (Summer 2003), Pp. 30-61.
Co-Ordinator Of: In: CIRCA: Contemporary Visual Culture In Ireland. No. 104 (Summer 2003), Pp. 30-61. This Includes: “Word & Image”, P. 30. (Other Contributors: David Scott, Ruth Walsh, Paul O’Brien, James Elkins).