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In November 1999, CyberBOOK+ Press, the publishing arm of Art Science Research Laboratory, a 501(3)(c) not-for-profit organization, announced the arrival of Tout-Fait: the Marcel Duchamp Studies Online Journal, the first academic journal in electronic format devoted to Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) and his peers. The term "tout-fait," the standard French translation for ready-made, and is a phrase used by the French mathematician Henri Poincarι (1854-1912), a crucial influence on Duchamp. Thus, this site explores the intersection between art and science.
Tout-Fait's appearance has received worldwide attention in the fields of art history and humanities, with a four-year visitor count of 200,000, and growing. Its internet presence has proven indispensible, with its free accessibility and excellence in art education and scholarship. It has become an intellectual asset with historical value for the study of modern art and culture.
A strictly not-for-profit journal, Tout-Fait is made possible by a team
effort of writers, editors, programmers and web designers. Tout-Fait's
relies for its continuation on the commitment of our readers and the kind
support of contributors.
Tout-Fait has reversed the standard editorial practice whereby scholars must pay costly rental and copyright fees for illustrations to accompany their papers. Readers have access to Tout-Fait without paid subscription. Committed to the open sharing of knowledge, Tout-Fait strives for viability amid the current global economic disarray through financial support. In turn, this high-quality, scholarly publication is free and globally accessible to anyone interested in art, science and the humanities.
You can support interdisciplinary studies in academic publishing and research by becoming a Donor to Tout-Fait. Your contributions will provide the funding necessary to sustain this established, scholarly journal that promotes, for scholars and laypeople, the study of Marcel Duchamp and modern culture.
Your contributions to Tout-Fait enable us to continue Tout-Fait in many
important ways, including:
By Carmen Gomez
Incisively progressive in its approach to academic scholarship, the internship program at ASRL has provided me with the tools and the desire to reach far beyond the traditional scope of academia. As an undergraduate art history major entering my senior year, I came to ASRL in hope of gaining professional experience; what I came out with was so much more. I was immediately thrust into an environment that was foreign and inherently demanding, and challenged, both analytically and creatively. Right away I was thrust in the game, given a research assignment, and allowed to rely on my instincts to guide my investigative journey. Of course there was a group of warm, supportive people ready and able to answer my every question, but what made the ASRL internship so unique and rewarding was its self-taught approach to scholarly analysis.
I took to my research of Jacques Villon and Belle da Costa Greene with fervor, continuously fact-checking and questioning the authenticity and credibility of my sources. Throughout the summer, I spent countless hours in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Watson Library, looking through reels of archival microfilm and pages of historical documents. Daily I corresponded with individuals and institutions via email and telephone, and spent days hunting down newspaper and magazine articles from the New York Public Library.
I had assumed that collegiate internships involved tedious, menial tasks. My experience at ASRL disabused me of that notion. It has enabled me to explore the field of art history with complete independence and creative liberty. Over the summer I gradually learned the ins-and-outs of how to conduct credible investigative research, while acquiring a greater sense of professional confidence and feel for the industry as a whole. Moreover, the skills and knowledge I gained in focusing on my own area of academic interest will apply directly to the execution of my upcoming senior year "thesis" research project.
By Kimberly A. Whinna
I began working as an intern at Tout-Fait as a freshman at New York University. I had just moved to New York and wasn't sure what I wanted to focus on at college. I was an English major interested in studying and writing about art.
My most cherished memory from working on Tout-Fait was my interview with Enrico Donati, a friend of Marcel Duchamp's. Rhonda and I compiled a list of discussion topics that would unveil intimate, unknown details about Duchamp. I met with Mr. Donati in his studio on Central Park. It was remarkable to speak to someone who had been close to Duchamp; he relayed candid stories about their friendship and even showed me a pipe Duchamp had inscribed and given him. The article I wrote about the interview for Tout-Fait was my first published piece.
In addition, Tout-Fait was my first exposure to the art world. I graduated from NYU this year with a degree in Art History and Studio Art. I have continued to work in the arts and now work at a Chelsea gallery. I credit my experience at Tout-Fait for launching me into this enriching career in the arts.
By Anja Mohn
I have experienced Ms. Shearer's Art Science Research Laboratory as an invaluable resource for study, research and education. It provides a fruitful ground for discussion in art history and contemporary art.
Marcel Duchamp, a cornerstone in the development of modern art, is as important today as he was in his time. I believe his research into the role of the fourth dimension in art and visual perception in general has not been explored sufficiently. Ms. Shearer's Research Laboratory provideis an unmatched contribution in this area. Having initiated a discussion that questions settled mainstream theories of art history, she has redefined the role of Duchamp's work, which informs the way we look at contemporary art today.
In the past year, I taught an undergraduate sculpture class at Parsons School of Design. I brought the class to the Art Science Research Laboratory. The visit was a great success, in that students were able to discuss Duchamp's theories, and observe Ms. Shearer's findings firsthand accompanied by examples of Marcel Duchamp's actual work--a very enriching experience for all. Seeing Duchamp's work in a private, informal environment was encouraging to the young artists, giving them the opportunity to experience a master of modern art as one of their colleagues.