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Willfulness and Chance / Work in Progress


“I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste…” asserted Duchamp in 1945; in doing so, he summed up a significant model for artistic production, where heterogeneity and conflict are fore-fronted in order to circumvent a priori design and open up diverse interpretations. Subverting traditional modes of artistic production and rejecting the autonomous authority of the artist.
Duchamp invented stoppages, a singular line of yarn dropped into place, using the contingencies of gravity to looks for variation in form. Chance became an active participant in and valid point of departure for artistic creation. Both within and outside of the context of artistic practice, chance maintains this immense and fatalistic rhetorical power over human self-determination, alternatively responsible and representative of the unfathomable in...

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