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    DescriptionIn No Medium, Craig Dworkin looks at works that are blank, erased, clear, or silent, writing critically and substantively about works for which there would seem to be not only nothing to see but nothing to say. Examined closely, these ostensibly contentless works of art, literature, and music point to a new understanding of media and the limits of the artistic object. Dworkin considers works predicated on blank sheets of paper, from a fictional collection of poems in Jean Cocteau's Orphee to the actual publication of a ream of typing paper as a book of poetry; he compares Robert Rauschenberg's Erased De Kooning Drawing to the artist Nick Thurston's erased copy of Maurice Blanchot's The Space of Literature (in which only Thurston's marginalia were visible); and he scrutinizes the sexual politics of photographic representation and the implications of obscured or obliterated subjects of photographs. Reexamining the famous case of John Cage's 4'33", Dworkin links Cage's composition to Rauschenberg's White Paintings, Ken Friedman's Zen for Record (and Nam June Paik's Zen for Film), and other works, offering also a "guide to further listening" that surveys more than 100 scores and recordings of "silent" music. Dworkin argues that we should understand media not as blank, base things but as social events, and that there is no medium, understood in isolation, but only and always a plurality of media: interpretive activities taking place in socially inscribed space.

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    No Medium
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Craig Dworkin
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 232
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    ISBN 13: 9780262018708
    ISBN 10: 0262018705

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    B&T General Subject: 140
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    DC22: 701/.8
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    MIT Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    MIT Press
    Publication date
    19 March 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    Craig Dworkin, Professor in the English Department at the University of Utah, is the author of Reading the Illegible and the editor of several collections, including most recently The Sound of Poetry/The Poetry of Sound (with Marjorie Perloff) and Language to Cover a Page: The Early Writings of Vito Acconci (MIT Press).
    Review quote
    " No Medium is not only an admirable feat of painstaking research that puts into conversation an impressive range of artworks, both famous and obscure, but also a testament to the fact that for the industrious critic encountering an apparent absence there is always something interesting to say." -- Michael Leong, Hyperallergic "Dworkin's study of apparent anomalies that turn out to be representative exemplars rather than quirky curiosities is well worth attention." -- Johanna Drucker, Los Angeles Review of Books