Spheres of Action: Art and Politics

Spheres of Action: Art and Politics

by ?ric Alliez
     
 

Contemporary art is increasingly part of a wider network of cultural practices, related through a common set of references in cultural theory. Within
Europe, relations between national theoretical traditions have become more fluid and dynamic, creating an increasingly transnational -- or postnational -- space for
European cultural and art theory. This book

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Contemporary art is increasingly part of a wider network of cultural practices, related through a common set of references in cultural theory. Within
Europe, relations between national theoretical traditions have become more fluid and dynamic, creating an increasingly transnational -- or postnational -- space for
European cultural and art theory. This book offers a snapshot of recent influential work in contemporary art and political theory in France, Italy, and Germany, in the form of original writings by major representatives of each of the three overlapping national traditions. In France, debates center on the status and possibilities of the image. Éric Alliez, Georges Didi-Huberman, Elisabeth Lebovici, and Jacques
Rancière each adopt a distinctive approach to the making, undoing, and remaking of aesthetic images in contemporary art and their political significance. From Italy,
Antonio Negri, Maurizio Lazzarato, Judith Revel, and Franco Berardi each address the
"immaterial" situation of contemporary art. From Germany, Peter
Sloterdijk, Peter Weibel, and Boris Groys reassess the contemporary legacy of postwar art, demonstrating appropriations of vitalism, structuralism, and deconstruction, respectively.

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Publishers Weekly
As dense with academic traditions as it is flush with insight, this collection offers an overview of significant theoretical work on the thriving intersections of art and politics in France, Italy, and Germany. The gathered essays first appeared in the journal Radical Philosophy and at a series of conferences hosted by Tate Britain, London. Together, they represent many of the preeminent cultural philosophers in Europe, among them Antonio Negri, Jacques Ranciere, and Peter Sloterdijk. The essays are striking in that their collective topical coherence is married successfully to a range of historical moments, artists, and political preoccupations. While much of the work requires some advanced study of, for instance, Felix Guattari or Michel Foucault as the price of admission, the enthusiasm of essays like Elisabeth Lebovici's study of the body as image can carry the collection for anyone with a light background in critical theory. The concurrent navigation of art, philosophy, and politics by so many renowned thinkers makes this collection worthwhile almost by default—that it manages to not only wrestle with dominant theoretical conversations but to also advance them easily warrants a second or third reading for anyone with a particularly academic curiosity. B&W illus. (Mar.)
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"As dense with academic traditions as it is flush with insight, this collection offers an overview of significant theoretical work on the thriving intersections of art and politics in France, Italy, and Germany…The essays are striking in that their collective topical coherence is married successfully to a range of historical moments, artists, and political preoccupations." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262518437
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
02/01/2013
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,412,965
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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