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Critical Dictionary By David Evans

Critical Dictionary

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Inspired by Georges Bataille's "Critical Dictionary", this adventurous publication provides a combination of short texts and photographs, which aim to declassify terms in a playful manner.
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Critical Dictionary by David Evans

Critical Dictionary is an ambitious cornucopia of thoughts, images, and illustrations from online art magazine, in addition to newly commissioned work. The title alludes to the mock dictionary that philosopher Georges Bataille edited for Documents in 1929 and 1930. Like this famous precedent, Critical Dictionary aims to puncture pretension, bringing words and their referents down to earth. Entries include Accident, Civilization, Drone, Error, Fragment, Informe, Metaphor, Monument: Mycelium, Portrait, Quotation, Retort, Smell, Touch, Umfunktionierung, Voice, Wander, XXX and Zoo. Critical Dictionary includes contributions from artists, illustrators and photographers including Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, David Campany, Common Culture, Karen Knorr, Ann Lee, Jake Walters and Penelope Umbrico.

All entries are fully illustrated with eccentric photography and illustrations, making Critical Dictionary a unique look at the meanings of words and philosophy.

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Critical Dictionary Reviews

"Visually stimulating from A to Z..." Aesthetica Magazine

"Critical Dictionary is an eclectic, enlightening and at times humorous collection of images, essays, interviews and puns largely concerned with the way photography and photographs can be conceptualized...9/10' Visual Culture Blog

"a playful, thought-provoking and inspiring compendium..." Roar News

About David Evans

David Evans is a Senior Lecturer at Arts University College, Bournemouth. He has published extensively on photography and photomontage. His articles and reviews on a wide range of historical and contemporary topics regularly feature in international journals and magazines such as Afterimage, Eye, The History of Photography and Source.

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Critical Dictionary by David Evans
David Evans
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