“Tertium non datur’ – the third is not given” - Gman, 2002.
Project: “Tertium non datur’ – the third is not given” - Gman, 2002.
Tracy Ann Essoglou
“G-man” starts where use is finished. In literal terms, this series – without end – only becomes, only comes into being, with the conclusion of usefulness. Bundling wires are cut away and cast into project sites and empty lots. My eyes notice, my hands fetch. My privilege(s) are their saving. I house and home, and in some such sense defend their existence. They give company and brilliance to form. In their presence, I am (a/the) reoccurring witness.
“G-man” refers to the first named figure of this series, first appearing (February 2002) in “Anthology-of-Art: a vision of an as-yet unknown art” website exhibition and publication, organized by Jochen Gerz, Academy of Fine Arts in Braunschweig.
“‘Tertium non datur’ – the third is not given.” [Jeanette Winterson]
Statement Date: November 16, 2002.
The Anthology of Art
Art and Theory in Dialogue
The Anthology of Art offers an internet-based platform for dialogue between artists and art theorists from all over the world. Its theme is the vision of art and its relationship to theoretical discourse.
The appropriation of art by its institutions has shown that art and discourse are interconnected, placing equal emphasis on theoretical reflection as on the work of art itself. Contemporary art reflects the conditions of its own production and promotion.
Instead of presuming the connection between production and theory, the Anthology of Art is investigating, and demonstrating it. At the same time, it confronts the global medium of the Internet with the traditional relationships within international art. As a result this experiment provides information about the contemporary artistic process.
In the beginning six artists and six theorists were invited to contribute to the Anthology of Art. These artists chose one of their own images, while the theorists wrote a short text (one to three pages) in their native language or in English, both answering the same question:
"What is, in the context of contemporary art, your vision of a yet unknown art?"