Intertextuality

Intertextuality is defined as referencing one art work with elements of another– from “Semiotics for Beginners”: It is interesting that Oscar Wilde is referenced– everybody references him!

Confounding the realist agenda that ‘art imitates life,’ intertextuality suggests that art imitates art. Oscar Wilde (typically) took this notion further, declaring provocatively that ‘life imitates art’. Texts are instrumental not only in the construction of other texts but in the construction of experiences. Much of what we ‘know’ about the world is derived from what we have read in books, newspapers and magazines, from what we have seen in the cinema and on television and from what we have heard on the radio. Life is thus lived through texts and framed by texts to a greater extent than we are normally aware of. As Scott Lash observes, ‘We are living in a society in which our perception is directed almost as often to representations as it is to “reality”‘. Intertextuality blurs the boundaries not only between texts but between texts and the world of lived experience. Indeed, we may argue that we know no pre-textual experience. The world as we know it is merely its current representation.

Project Zero, these reference the Scottish landscape artitst Goldman: 

 

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