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    Art and the etiquette of touch

    Candlin, Fiona (2011) Art and the etiquette of touch. In: Seminar Series, School of Graduate Studies in association with the Concordia Sensoria Research Team, 2011, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. (Unpublished)

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    This talk begins with a proposition – that we abandon the study of ‘touch’. I argue that recent models of touch, as they appear within discourses of art and museums, have been distinctly troublesome. There has been a tendency to attribute distinct characteristics to touch and to link it with particular groups: to claim that it is capable of creating harmonious social relations or that it has strategic potential for feminist artists. Within galleries it is posited as a simple mode of engagement with art objects, suitable for access provision or, when it occurs without permission, as evidence of ignorance and unruliness. Almost invariably, touch is understood as having no or little significant variation. There are also problems with its definition and what that encompasses and whether touch is applicable to the bulk of art practice. My suggestion is that instead of discussing ‘touch’ we adopt a notion of ‘tactual practice’. I close the presentation with some examples of what that might mean for the study of art.


    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Research Centres and Institutes: Birkbeck Knowledge Lab
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2013 13:18
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:07


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