Systems of Art: Art, History and Systems Theory

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Peter Lang, 2008 - Art - 253 pages
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Systems theory emerged in the mid-20th century along with related theories such as Cybernetics and Information Theory. Recently it has included Complexity Theory, Chaos Theory and Social Systems Theory. Systems theory understands phenomena in terms of the systems of which they are part.
This book is about a systems theoretical approach to thinking about art. It examines what it means to look to systems theory both for its implications for artistic practice and as a theory of art. This publication provides a sustained discussion on the application of systems theory to an account of art.
 

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Contents

Introduction
15
What is Systems Theory?
21
The Art world as a Complex System Complex
67
Systems Aesthetics and the System as Medium
99
The Work of Art as System
127
The Gallery as System
153
Art Discourse as System
191
Bibliography
221
Index
247
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About the author (2008)

The Author: Francis Halsall is lecturer in the History and Theory of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National College of Art & Design (Dublin). He has an M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History (Glasgow). His doctorate focused on sociological theories of art after modernism (and in particular the systems theoretical approach such as that of Niklas Luhmann).

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