This is what Derrida calls the parergon: “Neither work (ergon) nor outside the work (hors d’oeuvre), neither inside nor outside, neither above nor below. Despite its name, the Deconstruction that is associated with Derrida is not an . The parergon is the frame, the boundary between the art work. In this respect, the study follows on from. Derrida’s famous deconstruction of Kant’s parergon (frame) in his Critique of. Judgement. Derrida’s work exposes what.

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In his Religion Kant thinks further about the parergon. It seems appropriate, then, to seek to understand the physical and cultural contexts which allow the work to be perceived as work, instead of looking for artistic qualities that exist within it inherently.

According to Derrida, the outside always comes into the inside in order to define itself as an inside. Like an accessory that one is obliged to to welcome, neither wholly outside nor inside.

Whatever it runs up against a limit, deconstruction presses against. But what is the frame itself? The function of the frame, then, is to separate the interior from the exterior.

Indeed, that is a good rule of thumb in deconstruction. If the terms are interdependent, then they cannot be separated or polarized. Thus, the parergon participates in the act of reflective thought, in the act of reflective faith, through the seemingly endless segmentation of the commentary on religion by Kant. This is what Derrida calls the parergon: This assumes that we reach agreement about what we understand by the word art.

He questions his notion of the universal value of beauty, he does this by referencing their edges, their ends, essentially their frame.

The University of Chicago Press, 9. Perhaps, then, the function of parerga will be to draw attention to the act of framing itself, rather than what pareryon being framed.

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In Kant’s Critique of Practical Reason and later in a very long note in his second edition of Religion Within the Limits of Reason Alonethe parergon is serrida as adornment, embellishment, ornamentation Zierathen of the main ergonthe work. Over the past century, there seems to have been a growing consensus on the idea that what defines a work of art as art is the context it appears within. Whenever deconstruction finds a nutshell—a secure axiom or a pithy maxim—the very idea is to crack it open and disturb this tranquility.

What about the frame around a painting?

Jaques Derrida excerpt from Parergon, The Truth in Painting (1978)

Dangerous Citizens Search Search. He also suggests books as being this complicated object wheres one cannot depict their ends, their frames. In comparison to the wall, the frame is part of the painting, while in comparison to the painting the frame is part of the wall. Structuralism began with Edmund Husserl who was concerned with the problem of transcendence, the objectivity of objects, and their existence outside of temporal consciousness.

Paregon I the right to say that it is beautiful and first of all the right to ask myself that. This logical march which deconstructs. He pointed out that the pairs, far parergin being equal or balanced, were, in fact, hierarchized, with one term being preferred culturally over the other.

Despite its name, the Deconstruction that is associated with Derrida is not an act of destruction or a breaking up, instead Deconstruction, like Structuralism is an activity or performance. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Although enclosing borders were used in the art of Ancient Egyptians, it was in Europe that picture frames became a widely accepted norm in painting.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. If you have found this material useful, please give credit to Dr. Kant finds that it compromises the beauty of a functional frame if it draws attention to a painting not simply by its form, but by, say, its quality of a golden trim making it luxurious object in that way.

The frame must be present in order to structure and the purpose of structurality is to both contain art within and exclude all that is deemed non-art. Or, conversely, as the frame is being used in an Islamic context in the transformation of the Hagia Sophia from a church to a mosque, to cite one examplewe could say that Western entities are being appropriated by the East as a means of agency.


The trait thus divides in this place where it takes place. Fill in your details below or click an icon derriea log in: But these hasty interpretations take the binary opposition between the West and East as a priori, hindering other more complex possibilities.

There is a complexity that arises through parergoh these architectural structures whose religious contexts have shifted to the picture frame, since the frame is largely a legacy of Western art history and therefore Christianity. Contrary to the notion of a discourse that assumes art gives access to the realm of timeless and disinterestedness values, any discourse on art is always and inevitably bound up with interests that belong to the outside of art.

Contemporary art discourses tend to accept that the status of a work of art as art is a pregiven condition, and analyze how the work functions retrospectively. Half a century later, inArthur Schopenhauer published his Parerga and Parelipomenaa work that, Schopenhauer explained, was subsidiary to his other, more systematic works, could not find a place in those other works, and dealt primarily parergln philosophical issues that positioned the subject with regard to the legal system, death, and existence.

Pareergon for Kant, the parergon is a hybrid of inside and outside, frame, clothing, column, and there is no deciding what is intrinsic to artwork and what belongs to the outside frame. This is where it seems to get problematic for Derrida and for myself.