• Vendredi, 23 avril, 2021 - 18:2019:00

The Fantasy of the Novel. Readings by David Maroto

© Anna Azzali, Courtesy of Mousse Publishing

Exclusively for Studio K, David Maroto reads excerpts from his recently released book The Fantasy of the Novel. The Fantasy of the Novel is a research by Maroto, a Spanish, Rotterdam-based artist born in 1976. Based on a series of questions such as “Why do artists write novels?”, “What impact does the artist’s novel have on the visual arts?”, “How should such a novel be experienced?”, this investigation has explored how, in recent years, there has been a proliferation of visual artists who create novels as part of their broader art practice. It unearthed, in some way, a history and theory of a practice that has long been ignored. Relying on subjectivity, the artist’s novel reintroduces notions such as fiction, narrative and imagination in the visual arts. Maroto states that it stands as a new medium for artists, and produced a two-volume book called The Artist's Novel: The Novel as a Medium in the Visual Arts (Mousse Publishing, 2020). The Fantasy of the Novel is Part 2 of this publication. If Part 1 is an essay that examines the work of Benjamin Seror, Cally Spooner, Mai-Thu Perret and Goldin+Senneby, and that includes interviews with artists, curators and editors, this second text employs the form of a novel in order to examine the process of creation of an artist’s novel. The protagonist assumes the role of a detective who tries to understand the conditions under which an artist decides to write, and how this is possible within an artistic setting. More information on The Artist's Novel.