Fictive art is a term that applies to creative works that share certain characteristics although made by quite disparate kinds of practitioners. Some objects that fall under this categorization are considered art; others are not. The major defining elements are two:
2001: In August/September of 2001, I drafted a call for proposals for a CAA panel on fictive art, which read as follows: "Growing numbers of artists are deliberately combining textual and visual strategies to produce works that straddle the boundary between art, fiction, and history (Kahn and Selesnick; Fontcuberta; the Hokes Archives; Codex Seraphinianus; Myst).
I started using fictive art in 2001 to describe a certain kind of work I had long been fascinated by, including many of the pieces featured on this site. In the summer of that year, Lise Patt (director of the Institute of Cultural Inquiry) and I were thinking of proposing a panel for the 2003 College Art Association conference on the kind of work featured on this site.