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Heidegger and the Thinking of PlaceExplorations in the Topology of Being$
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Jeff Malpas

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016841

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016841.001.0001

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The Working of Art

The Working of Art

(p.237) 12 The Working of Art
Heidegger and the Thinking of Place

Jeff Malpas

The MIT Press

This chapter elaborates on the relationship between an artwork and its “medium”—a relation of “working through.” For the most part, however, rather than leading to an investigation of the way in which the artwork works, the relation between the objectivity of the work and the work itself has often been treated as a question about the kind of thing an artwork is. Some have argued that a work cannot be identical with its material or objective instantiations, since any one of those instantiations of the work can be destroyed without the work ceasing to exist, while the existence of a different reading or performance of the work need not imply the existence of a different work. This approach tends toward an understanding that concerns the conditions of identity for artworks and their individuation.

Keywords:   artwork, medium, working through, objectivity, objective instantiations, conditions of identity, individuation

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