Clark Buckner is a critical theorist who researches nothing. Specifically, he is interested in how absence informs desire; and how considerations of desire and the drives stand in relationship to the hegemonic figure of the void as “mere contingency” in postmodernism. Originally his research addressed the intersection between psychoanalysis and the problem of nihilism in Continental philosophy; and his philosophical work on contemporary art similarly juxtaposes phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and post-structuralism with particular attention to questions concerning the value in art after “the end of art history.” But still more fundamentally, he engages art as a field in which the gaps in experience are explicit, and considerations of desire and irrationality are unavoidable. In this spirit, he has worked as a critic, a curator, and an independent video producer, as well as a philosopher. Recent academic presentations include “Power, Form, Play: On Aesthetics and Antagonism in Contemporary Art,” American Philosophical Association, Western Division Meeting, April 2011, and “Desire, Guilt, and Misunderstanding in The Conversation,” Lutecium School of Lacanian Psychoanalysis, Winter Intensive, February 2011.
- Apropos of Nothing: Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis, and the Coen Brothers, SUNY U.P., forthcoming
- Styles of Piety: Practicing Philosophy After the Death of God, co-edited with Matt Statler, Fordham U.P.
- PhD, Vanderbilt University
- MA, The New School for Social Research, New York
- BA, Sarah Lawrence College