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Transgressions and boundaries of the page as conceptual art

Rita M.C. Swanepoel
Literator | Vol 33, No 1 | a31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v33i1.31 | © 2012 Rita M.C. Swanepoel | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 July 2012 | Published: 13 November 2012

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Rita M.C. Swanepoel, School of Communication Studies, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa


This article offers a philosophical overview of conceptual art. I argue that, since the project Transgressions and boundaries of the page transgresses and conceptually extends the boundaries of the concept of the book, it can be viewed in its entirety as a language-based installation art, consisting of various components, viz. artists’ books. Due to its interdisciplinary nature, this conceptual art installation challenges the boundaries of conceptual art. The project and exhibitions confirm that artists’ books constitute an ideal medium to involve artists from divergent disciplines in the play with and discovery of the possibilities of the book. The project as a whole can be categorised as conceptual art, as it reconsiders, reinvents and theorises the concept book.


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