Differential Aesthetics-Art Practices, Philosophy and Feminist Understandings

Differential Aesthetics-Art Practices, Philosophy and Feminist Understandings

by Penny Florence, Nicola Foster
     
 

ISBN-10: 075461493X

ISBN-13: 9780754614937

Pub. Date: 12/01/2000

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

The area of philosophy formerly known as aesthetics lags behind much recent thinking about culture. Its relevance to contemporary practice can seem highly questionable, and indeed it has been explicitly attacked as anti-radical or progressive.

Is it now possible to revisit those issues of value, judgment and sensuous experience that are the proper ground of

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Overview

The area of philosophy formerly known as aesthetics lags behind much recent thinking about culture. Its relevance to contemporary practice can seem highly questionable, and indeed it has been explicitly attacked as anti-radical or progressive.

Is it now possible to revisit those issues of value, judgment and sensuous experience that are the proper ground of traditional aesthetics without reinstating unitary understandings of 'the subject' or creating a 'new aestheticism'? What are the deep and serious reasons why feminism, gender studies, materialism, post colonialism and other radical approaches have been suspicious of these questions? Are they only of interest to Western critics, or does the practice of art internationally offer new insights? Contributors in Differential Aesthetics reference diverse thought and practices in China, Ireland, Britain, America, Malaysia, France, Australia in order to open out these questions and render the various discourses and disciplines more permeable to each other

Differential Aesthetics presents an international collection of essays by leading and new writers and includes artists and philosophers arguing that the philosophy of art must be rewritten for the information age, and that the work of feminists working in aesthetics has a major contribution to make in this. This is of relevance far beyond any narrow definition of feminism, and its absence from small debates of the issues, as there are on the left or in radical discussions of art, should be addressed. This book explores how the issues of sexed power, located subjectivity and the body in art are crucial in aesthetics, enabling the ground gained through the critical shift intoideology in the aftermath of the 1960s to be maintained. But equally, it addresses the contemporary art practices and historical questions that became highly problematic as a result. The (social) body and the material are indispensable. Historical issues in Western aesthetics are addressed from Plato, through Kant and the German Enlightenment, selected according to their centrality or persistence as structural, while contemporary art practices remain the primary reference point.

Focusing on visual art, but including contributions on writing, music, dance cyberart and film, this book bridges divisions in contemporary thought, and, crucially, practices, and points to greater understanding of the power and appeal of cultural production. The opening section insists on the need for any philosophy of art to maintain contact with the art of its time by presenting a selection of statements by artists and examples of their work. The essays also include contributions from individuals active both in theory and practice.

"This lively collection affords fresh insights into the world of contemporary aesthetics. Penny Florence and Nicola Foster have gathered together a select group of artists, philosophers, and critical theorists, who offer individual perspectives on the aesthetic tradition and its feminist critics and their pertinence for the practice of art today." Carolyn Korsmeyer

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754614937
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
12/01/2000
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Colour Plates
List of Black and White Figures
List of Contributors
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1Introduction: Philosophy and Feminism1
Pt. 2Contemporary Practices19
Introduction19
Artists' Statements
Mary Anson26
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham28
RyyA Bread30
Vicki Feaver32
Barbara Freeman34
Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe36
Lubaina Himid38
Jo Hsieh40
Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger42
Valerie Reardon44
Deborah Robinson46
Lesley Sanderson48
Nancy Spero50
Yuen-yi Lo52
Partou Zia54
Pt. 3In the (Western) Beginning57
Introduction
1Love and Writing - Phaedrus and the Symposium61
2Beautiful Music - A Fixed Pitch? Plato, Music and Gender75
Pt. 4And Then There Was(German) Enlightenment93
Introduction
3Kant's Ghost, Among Others99
4Aesthetics in the Gaps - Subverting the Sublime for a Female Subject119
5Living Dialectics, Aufhebung and Performance Art141
6Nancy Spero and Woman in Performance161
Pt. 5And There Shall be (Polyvalent) Beyond175
Introduction
7Transgressing With-In-To the Feminine185
8The Gendering of Allegory: Mary Kelly's Post-Partum Document and Benjamin's Melancholy Dialectics211
9Feminism, Postmodernism and the Aesthetics of Parody227
10Cybertime: Towards an Aesthetics of Mutation and Evolution247
11The Morphology of the Mucous: Irigarayan Possibilities in the Material Practice of Art261
12A Matter of Paint: The Carnal Subject of Aesthetics281
13From Matter to Materialisations: Feminist Politics and the Aesthetics of Radical Difference301
14Working Hot: Materialising Practices315
Bibliography333
Index355

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