A leading philosopher presents a radical manifesto for the future of art and film.
In The Future of the Image, Jacques Rancière develops a fascinating new concept of the image in contemporary art, showing how art and politics have always been intrinsically intertwined. Covering a range of art movements,
filmmakers such as Godard and Bresson, and thinkers such as Foucault, Deleuze,
Adorno, Barthes, Lyotard and Greenberg, Rancière shows that contemporary theorists of the image are suffering from religious tendencies.
He argues that there is a stark political choice in art: it can either reinforce a radical democracy, or create a new reactionary mysticism. For
Rancière there is never a pure art: the aesthetic revolution must always embrace egalitarian ideals.
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Gregory Elliott is a member of the editorial collective of Radical Philosophy and author of Althusser: The Detour of Theory and Labourism and the English Genius: The Strange Decay of Labour England?.
Table of Contents
Sources of Texts vii
The Future of the Image 1
Sentence, Image, History 33
Painting in the Text 69
The Surface of Design 91
Are Some Things Unrepresentable? 109
What People are Saying About This
In our time of the disorientation of the left, his writings offer one of the few conceptualizations of how we are to continue to resist.
In the face of impossible attempts to proceed with progressive ideas within the terms of postmodernist discourse, Rancière shows a way out of the malaise.
His art lies in the rigor of his argument – its careful, precise unfolding –
and at the same time not treating his reader, whether university professor or unemployed actress, as an imbecile.