‘Even the thing I am …’: Tadeusz Kantor and the Poetics of Being

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dc.contributor.author Leach, Martin
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-26T08:19:13Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-26T08:19:13Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/7332
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores ways in which the reality of Kantor’s existence at a key moment in occupied Kraków may be read as directly informing the genesis and development of his artistic strategies. It argues for a particular ontological understanding of human being that resonates strongly with that implied by Kantor in his work and writings. Most approaches to Kantor have either operated from within a native perspective that assumes familiarity with Polish culture and its influences, or, from an Anglo-American theatre-history perspective that has tended to focus on his larger-scale performance work. This has meant that contextual factors informing Kantor’s work as a whole, including his happenings, paintings, and writings, as well as his theatrical works, have remained under-explored. The thesis takes a Heideggerian-hermeneutic approach that foregrounds biographical, cultural and aesthetic contexts specific to Kantor, but seemingly alien to Anglo-American experience. Kantor’s work is approached from Heideggerian and post-Heideggerian perspectives that read the work as a world-forming response to these contexts. Read in this way, key writings, art and performance works by Kantor are revealed to be explorations of existence and human being. Traditional ontological distinctions between process and product, painting and performance, are problematised through the critique of representation that these works and working practices propose. Kantor is revealed as a metaphysical artist whose work stands as a testament to a Heideggerian view of human being as a ‘positive negative’: a ‘placeholder of nothing’, but a ‘nothing’ that yet ‘is’ … en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher De Montfort University en
dc.subject Giorgio Agamben en
dc.subject alētheia en
dc.subject Auschwitz en
dc.subject being en
dc.subject Constructivism en
dc.subject Cricoteka en
dc.subject emballage en
dc.subject ēthos en
dc.subject Existentialism en
dc.subject Pavel Florensky en
dc.subject Hans-Georg Gadamer en
dc.subject Witold Gombrowicz en
dc.subject Happening en
dc.subject Martin Heidegger en
dc.subject Holocaust en
dc.subject icons en
dc.subject Informe en
dc.subject Informel en
dc.subject Jewishness en
dc.subject Franz Kafka en
dc.subject Tadeusz Kantor en
dc.subject Kazimierz en
dc.subject Kraków en
dc.subject Kazimir Malevich en
dc.subject metaphysics en
dc.subject negativity en
dc.subject nihilism en
dc.subject ontology en
dc.subject performance en
dc.subject performativity en
dc.subject perspective en
dc.subject Podgórze en
dc.subject poetics en
dc.subject poiēsis en
dc.subject Poor Object en
dc.subject Reality of the Lowest Rank en
dc.subject reverse perspective en
dc.subject Rainer Maria Rilke en
dc.subject spectator en
dc.subject Suprematism en
dc.subject Vladimir Tatlin en
dc.subject ‘theatre of death’ en
dc.subject Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz en
dc.title ‘Even the thing I am …’: Tadeusz Kantor and the Poetics of Being en
dc.type Thesis or dissertation en
dc.publisher.department Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities en
dc.publisher.department School of Arts en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en


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