Literature, Art, Artificiality: Post-media Relations in Goldin+Senneby’s Headless

Ewa Wójtowicz

Wójtowicz focuses on post-media art strategies and the manner in which meaningful relationships are both built up and undermined by such artworks (this includes literature and the visual arts, as well as performative and interdisciplinary works, and potentially interactive narratives as well). Multidirectional relations are established between the realms of narrative, literary fiction and two parallel realities: the world of everyday life and the space of electronic information. The main case study is Goldin+Senneby’s Headless (2007-), which is comprised of a book, a ghostwriter, a blog, an exhibition, a docu-fictional narration and an academic analysis with some speculative elements. This (art)ificial narrative has begun to operate in real life, leaking beyond the boundaries of the artwork. Borrowing Angus Cameron’s term, this creates a “xenospace”, a concept that is connected to the ideas of Georges Bataille. Further case studies consider works by Tyler Coburn and James Bridle. Wójtowicz demonstrates how contemporary post-media artists have abandoned their “natural” sphere of visuality. In so doing, they have begun to operate within the realm of language, code, literature, and theoretical discourse. They also exploit certain temporal strategies, such as the moving image, performance and spectacle.
Słowa kluczowe: Post-media art, artificiality, headless, ghostwriter, Goldin+Senneby, novel, xenospace, offshore, fiction, literature, self-referential, avatar

Archey, K., “In Focus – Tyler Coburn”, Frieze Magazine 2014, iss. 161 (March),

Bridle, J. (et al.), “Future Fictions”, Frieze Magazine 2013, iss. 156 (June-August),

Bridle, J., “Living on the Electromagnetic Border”, Creative Time Reports, 10.11.2014,

Cameron, A., “Modelling ‘Headless’: Finance, Performance Art, and Paradoxy”, Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies 2014, iss. 7, pp. 102-121,

Cameron, A.W., “Being Nothing: Paradoxy and Looking for Headless”, in: J. Zielińska, D. Maroto (eds.),Artist Novels, New York: Sternberg Press, 2015.

Friedman, K., “Language and Culture in the Information Age”, in: N. Zurbrugg (ed.), The Multimedia Text, London: Academy Editions, 1995.

Galloway, A.R., Protocol: How Control Exists after Decentralization, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2004.

Genç, K., “A Novel Without a Head”, The Believer, 9.11.2015,

Newitz, A., “Movie Written by Algorithm Turns Out To Be Hilarious and Intense”, Ars Technica, 9.06.2016,

Provan, A., “Headless Commercial Thriller”, in: K.D., Goldin+Senneby, Headless, Triple Canopy, Sternberg Press, and Tensta Konsthall, 2015.

Weibel, P., “The Post-media Condition”, in: AAVV, Postmedia Condition, Madrid: Centro Cultural Conde Duque, 2006.

Wetzler, R., “The Reality TV Novel: Goldin+Senneby’s ‘Headless’ Also Lacks a Soul, but That’s Probably the Point”, Artnews, 4.05.2015,

Pierwotną wersją czasopisma jest wersja elektroniczna publikowana
kwartalnie w internecie. Czasopismo ukazuje się w sposób ciągły on-line.