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Concerning ConsequencesStudies in Art, Destruction, and Trauma$
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Kristine Stiles

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226774510

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226304403.001.0001

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Franz West’s Dialogic Paßstücke (2003)1

Franz West’s Dialogic Paßstücke (2003)1

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Concerning Consequences

Kristine Stiles

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines Franz West's Paßstücke, a word that means “adaptives” in English. Paßstücke are odd objects that suggest both Louis Lavelle's philosophical considerations of the similarities between Narcissus and Pygmalion, and Paul Ricoeur's meditations. West began making the Paßstücke in 1973. The very enigmatic qualities of the Paßstücke emphasize personality traits not otherwise readily apparent in our use and manipulations of normal objects. Because of their special status as art objects, the Paßstücke can operate without reference to everyday objects. Their significance resides in how they visualize what we already know about the interrelationship between the psyche and its objects. This chapter addresses the psychological function of the Paßstücke as well as its relationship to the issue of God and to the fetish.

Keywords:   art, Franz West, Paßstücke, adaptives, Louis Lavelle, Paul Ricoeur, psyche, God, fetish, art objects

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