[artinfo] on Jacques Ranciére's aesthetical thinking
index at algonet.se
Sat Jun 17 00:47:28 CEST 2006
Critical art in a time of consensus
On Jacques Rancière's aesthetical thinking
Thursday May 18, 5pm - 8pm, 2006
Seminar at the French Institute in Stockholm
Kommendörsgatan 16, 3rd floor
SITE Magazine and Index, in collaboration with the French Institute in
Stockholm, invites you to a seminar with
and about the French philosopher Jacques Rancière.
Jacques Rancière has since the 1960's in a long series of books
developed a thinking based on the notion of
radical equality. During the last couple of years his works on
political theory, aesthetics, literature and film have
gained a large interest both in France and internationally. For
Jacques Rancière, politics is the search for emancipation
according to an ideal of universal equality. But every political
communality, he means, is also an aesthetical
communality, a "distribution of the sensible" that defines what can be
said, seen and done, and which thereby
decides who has access to this communality and who is excluded from
it. It is starting from this distribution that
the question about the politics of aesthetics and about the critical
potentials of art can be posed. There is no
conflict between an art for art's sake and a political art - they both
define a new structure for the common life.
Also participating in the seminar are Fulvia Carnevale, philosopher
and artist, Paris, and Alexandre Costanzo,
philosopher and editor of the magazine Failles, Paris.
On the evening of the 18th, SITE Editions new publication with texts
by Jacques Rancière in Swedish translation,
Texter om politik och estetik (Texts on politics and aesthetics) will
also be presented. The book gathers fundamental
essays from the last ten years on political theory, on the birth of
the concept of aesthetics and on the history of
literature, film and visual arts, and it constitutes the first Swedish
book-length presentation of Jacques Rancière's works.
For the cover of the book, artist Mattias Åkesson has designed the
work Corporate Red, at the invitation of Index
and SITE. More information on www.indexfoundation.se/projects.
SITE Editions is a book series for political philosophy, aesthetic
theory and essays, and is published by SITE
Magazine in collaboration with the publishing house Propexus. SITE
Editions first publication was Giorgio
Agamben's Undantagstillståndet (The State of Exception), which came
out in 2005. During 2006 SITE Editions
will publish, besides Jacques Rancière's Texter om politik och
estetik, a collection of essays by Jean Genet, which
have never been available in Swedish before.
Kungsbro strand 19
112 26 Sthlm, Sverige
T: 46 (0)8 640 60 69
T: 46 (0)8 640 94 92
E: index at algonet.se
The Index exhibition programme is curated Markus Degerman, Andreas
Gedin, Helena Holmberg, Mats Stjernstedt and Niklas Östholm.
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