Art Monitor: A journal of artistic research vol:8 pages:143-151
ArtText location:Gotheborg date:October 9 2009
In “From Word to Text” Roland Barthes develops a rather challenging view on the status of the literary text. His final statement “The theory of the Text can coincide only with a practice of writing.” is central to this paper. I will examine the importance and relevance of writing for practice based research based on my own ongoing experience. A close reading of Barthes’ article will lead me to propose the notion of an art text which functions as a discursive counterpart to the actual work of art. In order to show how fictional strategies can serve as a fertile methodological basis for artistic research and writing, three influential works of literature will be briefly explored. The spatial dimensions of these works and the disruptive reading patterns they provoke, give a clear outline of how an art text could interact with the work of art, and how it could discursively open up that work of art to critical readers.