Report on Knowledge. Library Interventions, 2014
"A report published following my participation in Library Interventions at Leeds College of Art. As I was rather busy at the time, I realised how much easier my work would be if others were to undertake it for me. to go in my place and do my reading for me, acting as my agents, imagining what I would read and to what ends (subjects are various). It is, I suppose, a master/slave relation, after Hegel, for there is lordship on my part, and a form of bondage on theirs (at least initially, for if one considers Hegel’s dialectic, after thesis and antithesis, there is self-realisation, and thus freedom). As the deadline approached and proposals from hopeful agents were submitted, some of those I received did not quite realise it was all about me, and not about them, that I had issued an imperative to come to heel. There was a certain gratification in saying that, even if they did not hear me. I had thought it self-evident that a slave cannot take the place of the master except through and after servitude. The struggle against mastery started before the work began."