The Politics of Ambiguity

Klee, Steve A. (2009) The Politics of Ambiguity. In: Spin[Freee]oza (Shop Windows and Balloons). SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, pp. 17-24. ISBN 9789080665590. (Full text available)

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Abstract

The essay focuses on French philosopher Jacques Rancière and argues for the transformation of his theory of aesthetics so as to accommodate swathes of directly political artwork, thus countering his tendency to disqualify and denigrate this genre of work. I show that Rancière’s edict against artwork that communicates in clear political messages can be overturned if those messages are proven to signify a genuine egalitarianism. The twist being that Rancière has done more than anyone else to theorise this politics of equality. Therefore I use one part of his philosophy against another in order to recalibrate rather than destroy his aesthetic system. My example of artwork that is directly political is drawn from the oeuvre of American performance practitioner Suzanne Lacy

Item Type: Book section
Additional information: Spin(Freee)oza (Shop Windows and Balloons) is a project by Freee. - Book published in conjunction with the exhibition 'On Joy, Sadness and Desire', 9 May-28 June 2009.
Uncontrolled keywords: Suzanne Lacy; Jacques Rancière; politics; art; aesthetics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Fine Art
Depositing User: Steve Klee
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2012 19:01
Last Modified: 28 May 2014 09:32
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/31590 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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