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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 strategy 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. Artists surveyed include Vito Acconci, Bas Jan Ader, Francis Alys, William Anastasi, John Baldessari, Walead Beshty, Mark Boyle, George Brecht, Marcel Broodthaers, John Cage, Sophie Calle, Tacita Dean, Stan Douglas, Marcel Duchamp, Brian Eno, Fischli & Weiss, Ceal Floyer, Huang Yong Ping, Douglas Huebler, Allan Kaprow, Alison Knowles, Jiri Kovanda, Jorge Macchi, Christian Marclay, Cildo Meireles, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, Gabriel Orozco, Cornelia Parker, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, Daniel Spoerri, Keith Tyson, Jennifer West, Cerith Wyn Evans and La Monte Young.Writers include Paul Auster, Jacquelynn Baas, Georges Bataille, Daniel Birnbaum, Claire Bishop, Guy Brett, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Stanley Cavell, Lynne Cooke, Fei Dawei, Gilles Deleuze, Anna Dezeuze, Russell Ferguson, Branden W. Joseph, Siegfried Kracauer, Jacques Lacan, Sarat Maharaj, John Miller, Alexandra Munroe, Gabriel Perez Barreiro, Jasia Reichardt, Julia Robinson, Sarah Valdez and Katharina Vossenkuhl.
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Table of Contents

Introduction; Performance, Process, Possibility; Repetitions, Retracings, Relapses; Biographical Notes; Bibliography; Index; Acknowledgements.

About the Author

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 Writing Art History with Stephen Melville (2010).


"Chance remains a vital process of artistic production in contemporary art. In this anthology, Margaret Iversen has assembled a rich array of interviews, excerpts, essays, and statements to illuminate the artistic uses of chance in various media in recent decades. The book promises every reader of its pages an ample supply of lucky encounters and will doubtless serve as an important catalyst for further inquiry." - Robin Kelsey, Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography, Harvard University "This collection of texts by artists, critics, and theorists brilliantly demonstrates the role played by chance in modern and recent art - not only as saboteur-of-choice of all preconceived aesthetic ideas but also as a vital means to re-imagine new aesthetic possibilities." - Briony Fer, Professor of History of Art, University College London

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