CHANCE - DOCUMENTS ON CONTEMPORARY ART
The spontaneous, unexpected or random event is a vital component in numerous works of Expressionism, Dada, Surrealism, Fluxus and conceptual photography. And the camera snapshot seems intrinsically implicated in the workings of chance. But why today does chance remain a key stretegy in artists' investigations into the contemporary world? This anthology analyses the meaning of these strategic spaces of uncertainty, poised between intention and outcome, and provides a new critical context for chance procedures in art since 1900.
Chance is one of a series documenting major themes and ideas in contemporary art.
Margaret Iversen is a Professor of Art History and Theory at the University of Essex, England. Her books include Alois Riegl: Art History and Theory (1993), Beyond Pleasure: Freud, Lacan, Barthes (2007) and forthcoming: Writing Art History (with Stephen Melville).