Works for Works, Book 1: Useless Beauty tackles “legacy” issues of intellectual property rights (IPR) in artistic production and academic scholarship and proposes a category or class of works that has no relation to IPR nor to proprietary regimes of copyright and academic privilege. Keeney’s book is a structuralist argument for establishing new forms of artistic scholarship that operate in direct opposition to established norms in both the art world and neoliberal academia, and is also rigorously contextualized within past and present-day arguments for and against patrimonial and paternalistic, avant-garde and normative, forms of censure and conformity across cultural production.
Works for Works, Book 1: Useless Beauty privileges an iterative, generative, and aleatory methodology for artistic scholarship, with transmedia proposed as a “tutelary form” of editioning works against the dictates of the art-academic complex. This focus on generativity also invokes the dialectical operations historically associated with past avant-gardes as they have negotiated an elective nihilism as an avenue for exiting established and authorized forms of conceptual and intellectual inquiry in the Arts and Humanities.
Gavin Keeney completed a research doctorate in Architecture at Deakin University, Australia, in 2014, on the subject of “Visual Agency in Art and Architecture,” inclusive of the monograph, Dossier Chris Marker: The Suffering Image (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012). Recent publications include Knowledge, Spirit, Law: Book 1, Radical Scholarship (punctum, 2015), and Knowledge, Spirit, Law: Book 2, The Anti-capitalist Sublime (punctum, 2017). He has taught and lectured in the US, England, Slovenia, Australia, and India. Current research, inclusive of a second PhD project via the Institute of Philosophy, ZRC-SAZU, Ljubljana, Slovenia, concerns the moral rights of authors in the age of cognitive capitalism, forms of scholarship that are also works of art, and editioning strategies for nominally useless works in the Arts and Humanities.
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