The Emergent Artistic Object in the Postconceptual Condition

Jack Segbars

Doctoral thesis

November 18, 2021

Janneke Wesseling
Frans Willem Korsten
Joost de Bloois

Available at:
Leiden University Repository



In 'The Emergent Artistic Object in the Postconceptual Condition', Jack Segbars researches how the field of contemporary artistic production is organized. He states that artistic objects result from interactions between artists, curators, institutions, and theoretical reflection. Segbars argues that significant changes in the landscape of artistic production should lead to a reconsideration of the status of authorship in artistic practice.

This argumentation resonates in his artistic work in which he brings the traditional artist-position together with curating, theoretical research, and critique. Ultimately, Jack Segbars renounces the act of artistic creation through an appropriation of the role of critic and of the theorist as artist. He aims to explicate the status of contemporary artistic production and offer an elucidated perspective on artistic authorship.