by Eva Beierheimer / Miriam Laussegger

Art theory, art criticism, exhibition-texts, applications for public funding, etc: Art works are accompanied by their textual descriptions. The ability to express oneself with words has become an important skill for visual artists. And it is a craft of its own: The
language used consists of a continuously evolving vocabulary, which has to be learned and used skilfully.
Without doubting the basic principle of textual description of visual art, one can question the balance of the work of art and the importance of its description. How much does this need impair artists, whose primary means of expression is something other than words? Which strategies are developed by artists to cope with these requirements? To what extent is art describable? Or to what extent should it be? And does the excessive use of this art language lead to inflationary tendencies?
Started in 2006, the project art-words evolved around these questions. The core of the project is a collection of more than two thousand words and phrases typically used in the context of art.
images of works:
Technique Cinematic arts (Video,...)

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