Martin Herbert: The Uncertainty Principle

Martin Herbert: The Uncertainty Principle
Library Shelf Location 05.HERB
Publication Date 2014

Within the realm of science, the uncertainty principle speaks of the fundamental limits of knowledge and measurement vis-à-vis the external world, and how the very act of seeing alters what is seen. Martin Herbert’s The Uncertainty Principle is a collection of essays that reveals layers of unknowing and open-endedness within a diversity of contemporary art practices since the 1970s. If a work of art is always completed by the viewer, as Marcel Duchamp put it, then the works considered here equate completion with construction. In navigating us through a succession of artists’ approaches, Herbert also discloses how constructed experiences of “not knowing” can lead to deep engagements with a range of specific issues and themes: from history to politics, from epistemology to mortality.

Martin Herbert is a writer and critic living in Tunbridge Wells, UK, and Berlin. He is associate editor of ArtReview and a regular contributor to Artforum, frieze, and Art Monthly, and has lectured in art schools internationally. His monograph Mark Wallinger, a comprehensive study of the British artist’s career, was published in 2011.

ISBN 9783956790010
Quantity 1
Pages 184 pages, 13 x 21 cm, 38 b/w ills
Author Martin Herbert
Format Paperback
Publisher Sternberg Press, Berlin
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Category Theory
Language English

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