[NetBehaviour] What is Art History Made of?

netbehaviour netbehaviour at furtherfield.org
Wed Jul 10 11:11:23 CEST 2013

What is Art History Made of?

By Charlotte frost.


Over the last few years I have been staging a practical and theoretical 
investigation of art historical media. I’ve been asking what are art 
history and criticism are made of? Of course, the simple answer is: 
words. When we interpret, contextualise and historicise artistic 
practice we, in the main, take something visual and turn that experience 
into one carried by words. But sometimes these words are spoken, some 
are printed in books and magazines and now, with the rise of digital 
technology and the internet, some of these words are digital. My concern 
is that not only do we, as art critics and historians overlook our own 
media in a bid to analyse and understand that of artists, but in doing 
so, we are ignoring what happens to art knowledge when it is rendered in 
different forms. So I decided I would have to render my own 
investigation in different forms.

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