Felicity Allen 

THE DISŒUVRE, 2019




Some of us were taught to be adaptable, prepared to proxy through others the aspiration we’d been trained in; our children perhaps or our partners, our bosses, or our professors. We’d bend our thinking to accommodate the desires or inflections of others. Or take on extra jobs, maybe studying or working at home at night. Not everyone in the margins was trained this way: distinctions of gender, class, colour might result in being trained in intransigence, mirroring the unswerving convention recognised as discipline that identified the œuvre-producing white male artist

Felicity Allen coins the neologism ‘Disœuvre’ as an alternative to the conventional ‘oeuvre’ produced by art’s heroes. Four voices (material, personal, rational, and cultural) converge to produce a Disœuvre, where the unrecognised work, its continuities of thought and commitment, is situated as coming and going.

‘While this book appears to be fragmentary at first glance, it introduces in a cohesive, suggestive, and evocative manner the powerful concept of the Disœuvre. We are invited to think ourselves into these pages, recognise our own disœuvre, and the experience of creating, having, and living with it. The multiple registers of the diaristic, the reflexive, the authoritative, and the poetic voices are augmented by the visual narrative, and by the presence of the WASL table as the site that recalls the unfolding of Allen’s own disœuvre. It is a delicate and eloquent testament.’
–≥Hilary Robinson

Felicity Allen works with varied forms of production, often collaboratively and over time. Her film As If They Existed, made with Tom Dale. was commissioned by Turner Contemporary in 2015, as part of a residency which explored how women’s work in the arts continues to shift ideas about artistic practice and how to record it. She is the editor of Education (Documents of Contemporary Art), published by MIT/Whitechapel Art Gallery in 2011. Current projects include a durational approach to The Disoeuvre and collaborations with the activist Refugee Tales and the research project People Like You.
 



44 pages, colour illustrations
170 mm x 105 mm,
60 mm cover flaps
Format: Paperback
ISBN 978-1-910055-56-4
£9.00



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