Joyce & Duchamp: A Discussion of the Literary, Philosophical and Visual Arts

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This is a work of vast proportions, symphonic in a visual and also in a structural sense, and it is connected with with the work of art as a visual phenomenon - with signs and with writing and literature through Joyce - and those authors to whom he refers in Ulysses and Finnegans Wake and to Duchamp's ways of notemaking that jibe at the notion of art as a purely "visual" experience in which language plays no or little part. My researches and visual works are taking me through the thought of philosophers of language like Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Derrida, Deleuze: the works are tight, and heavy, and complexly filled with images derived from reading Joyce and Duchamp but also ON Joyce and Duchamp from Poststructuralist Perspectives of different stripes. From the Renaissance to the present day my images explore the possibilities inherent in Science, Physics and Art.


Keywords: Visual Art, Modern Literature, Philosophy, Language and Art, The Coming Together of Different Nations and Tongues in Finnegans Wake, The Gesamtkunstwerk in the 21st Century
Stream: Arts Theory and Criticism
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Dr. Ian Hays

Independent Scholar, The School of Art and Design, University of Northampton
Nr.Coventry, Warwickshire, UK

My artwork is concerned with James Joyce's Ulysses and Finnegans Wake and with Marcel Duchamp's Large Glass and his Notes to that Project. I work using Photoshop I make very large prints several of which will be shown at the Joyce Conference in 2010 in Prague during a one-man show there. I was a lecturer for 15 years in the UK in Art History and Theory and in 2008 I gave a paper at the Birmingham Conference for the Arts in Society where I also had a one-man show. My work also deals with the exegetes of Duchamp and Joyce and with current philosophical issues like deconstruction, Derrida, Heidegger and Deleuze. The "Book" format (Mallarmé) would seem to be one that I may use to make my work available to other people and at present my work and writings can be found on the internet site ianhays.net which is a continual work in progress. I have given papers at Joyce Symposiums at Dublin, Cornell University, University of Philadelphia, Budapest, and the American University in Paris, The University of Texas at Austin, Tours (Nr. Paris), Cambridge University, and in 2009 at Buffalo as well as Venice. I have also given a paper at the University of Pennsylvania at the Slought Foundation which can also be heard on the Slought website.

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