This research asks how the notion of aesthetic distance conditions the production of meaning, and the act of looking. With the beauty–utility distinction within aesthetic theory as a framework, it examines the 18th century ‘culture of taste', the conception of disinterested contemplation within it, and then employs distance as a device, to examine the formal and material representation of aesthetic categories through printed matter and moving image.
This research will ask:
I have over twenty years of independent professional practice in the design of art and philosophy publications for international institutions, galleries, artists and publishers (see: www.secmoco.com)
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. 'Sublime (Hurts So Good)' commissioned essay, Paragraph, vol. 17, no.3, Edinburgh University Press (1994)
. 'Why Paul Thek is a saint', commissioned review, Untitled magazine, no.22, summer 2000