Stephen Wright

participated in seminars historicisation
terms and associative terms estrangement
affiliated institution EESI

bio | Stephen Wright is an art writer and professor of the practice of theory at European School of Visual Arts, Angoulème / Poitiers, France. Over the past decade, Stephen Wright’s research has examined the ongoing usological turn in art-related practice, focusing on the shift from modernist categories of autonomy to an art premised on usership rather than spectatorship. More recently, his writing has contributed to the growing body of extra-disciplinary research on contemporary escapology, theorizing practices deliberately avoiding ideological, institutional and performative capture by the conceptual architecture inherited from modernity. This line of inquiry challenges the assumption that art would be understood as either ontology or as an event, raising the prospect of an art without objecthood, authorship or spectatorship, that is, of a “coefficient of art” deliberately withdrawn from the event horizon.