Accelerating Duchamp

Serkan Ozkaya, We Will Wait, 2017
Photo illustration by Brett Beyer and Lal Bahcecioglu

Accelerating Duchamp is a re-thinking of the modernist artist Marcel Duchamp’s practice in the culture of late capitalism. Specifically, this research project will focus on his creation of the readymade, works of art chosen but not produced by the artist, in relation to both the rationale of consumer society.


  • Define a specifically Duchampian form of accelerationism
  • Re-think the role and function of Duchamp’s readymade mode of art-making
  • Propose an alternative aesthetic mode of defining object-oriented relationships that do not depend upon the given structures of consumer capitalism
  • Explore the possibilities of accelerating Duchamp within current artistic and cultural practices



This research project involves a significant re-thinking of Duchamp’s importance in the 21st century, specifically proposing a Duchampian form of accelerating culture. I locate the aesthetics of his practice, most notably the readymade, within current theories and debates around consumer capitalism and the question of the object. This research is explored in two main projects. The first is a book titled Duchamp, Aesthetics, and Capitalism, which will be published by Routledge. In this book I propose what I call an accelerated Duchamp that speaks to a contemporary condition of art within our era of globalized capitalist production. The second is an international Duchamp symposium that will bring together scholars who are actively pushing Duchampian research beyond the given confines of the current historicized understandings of his art and practice.



This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

A photo illustration: in a dark room, a projection comes from two small holes in a double door and plays on the wall
Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:15am
Lab Member: 
Julian Jason Haladyn


Chung Im Kim, "Blue Seeds"
Friday, October 19, 2007 - 4:00am to Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 4:00am

OBJECToronto: art exposition of contemporary craft + design is Toronto's annual urban arts event for the promotion of unique artist-made objects. The three day event gives exposure to Canadian designer-makers who create work that reflects a convergence between craft, art and design. The artists and galleries participating work in a range of media including metal, clay, textiles, jewellery, wood, paper, plastics, glass, and mixed media. At OBJECToronto the public has an opportunity to meet artists, discover galleries and view or purchase works that are a growing and vital component of the Toronto arts community. Now in its third year, OBJECToronto 07 once again takes place at the Gladstone Hotel. This year the event includes a number of satellite exhibition venues situated around Queen Street West's gallery district.
Artists include OCAD Faculty member/Technician Chung-Im Kim, as well as Ying-Yueh Chuang, Brad Copping, Marina Dempster, Domestic Collective, Jerry Drozdowsky, duerst, Ken Gangbar, Graeme Marrs, Shanna Miller, Ken Nicol, Susie Osler, Susan Rankin, Clare Scott-Taggart and Steven Heinemann. Presenting galleries include
Harbinger Gallery, McClure & Egan Contemporary Jewellery and Objects, and Galerie Noel Guyomarch.
The exhibition takes place at the Gladstone Hotel, and other Queen West satellite galleries: David Kaye Gallery, Material Matters Gallery, Ontario Crafts Council Gallery, *new* Gallery and XEXE Gallery.

Venue & Address: 
Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario