The Conspiracy of Art: Manifestos, Interviews, Essays / Edition 1

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Overview

The images from Abu Ghraib are as murderous for America as those of the
World Trade Center in flames. The whole West is contained in the burst of sadistic laughter of the American soldiers, as it is behind the construction of the Israeli wall. This is where the truth of these images lies. Truth, but not veracity. As virtual as the war itself, their specific violence adds to the specific violence of the war.In The Conspiracy of Art, Baudrillard questions the privilege attached to art by its practitioners. Art has lost all desire for illusion: feeding back endlessly into itself, it has turned its own vanishment into an art unto itself. Far from lamenting the "end of art," Baudrillard celebrates art's new function within the process of insider-trading. Spiraling from aesthetic nullity to commercial frenzy, art has become transaesthetic, like society as a whole.Conceived and edited by life-long Baudrillard collaborator Sylvère Lotringer, The Conspiracy of Art presents Baudrillard's writings on art in a complicitous dance with politics,
economics, and media. Culminating with "War Porn," a scathing analysis of the spectacular images from Abu Ghraib prison as a new genre of reality TV, the book folds back on itself to question the very nature of radical thought.

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"[Baudrillard] proves himself to be as much of a thoughtful iconoclast as ever." Canadian Art

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584350286
  • Publisher: Semiotexte/Smart Art
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 967,508
  • Product dimensions: 8.64 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Baudrillard (1929--2007) was a philosopher, sociologist, cultural critic, and theorist of postmodernity who challenged all existing theories of contemporary society with humor and precision. An outsider in the French intellectual establishment, he was internationally renowned as a twenty-first century visionary,
reporter, and provocateur.

Sylvère Lotringer is Jean Baudrillard Chair at the European Graduate School,
Switzerland, and Professor Emeritus of French literature and philosophy at Columbia
University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the piracy of art by Sylvere Lotringer 9
The conspiracy of art 25
A conjuration of imbeciles 30
In the kingdom of the blind ... 36
Starting from Andy Warhol 43
Art between utopia and anticipation 50
No nostalgia for old aesthetic values 61
La Commedia dell'Arte 65
Too much is too much 75
Art contemporary ... of itself 89
Towards the vanishing point of art 98
Aesthetic illusion and disillusion 111
The implosion of Beaubourg 133
The violence of indifference 141
Viral economy 156
Radical thought 162
Dust breeding 181
Telemorphosis 188
The matrix revisited 201
War porn 205
Pataphysics 213
Forget Artaud (Jean Baudrillard / Sylvere Lotringer) 217
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