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The Allegorical Impulse Part I

This net installation re-evaluates the essay "The Allegorical Impulse: Toward a Theory of Postmodernism" by Craig Owens. Inside the website you will find quotations taken directly from Owens' text. Artworks by artists used as examples in the essay have been scanned and optimized as sliced images for the web; a Javascript calls these slices at random to create a grid composition.

The Allegorical Impulse part I is the first project in a two part series. This first part considers how what Owens wrote in the eighties is understood after eighteen years. The second part will consider current writers following Owens' line of thinking.