Ranciere Against the Cuts: Activist Demands are Aesthetic

Klee, S. A (2013) Ranciere Against the Cuts: Activist Demands are Aesthetic. Third Text . ISSN 0952-8822. (In press) (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This article seeks to challenge and in so doing recalibrate Jacques Rancière’s political aesthetics, my motivation to do so springs from the recognition that his theory has ‘disciplinary’ effects. Specifically I object to the way that artistic commitment is traduced and, ultimately, excluded from his formula of art-politics. I attempt to stretch Rancière’s definition of aesthetic experience so to accommodate the art practice of Agitprop. My claim is that any of the materials or actions produced by a genuinely egalitarian activist group can be strategically read as exhibiting aesthetic properties. Perhaps counter-intuitively the definition of egalitarian politics is drawn from Rancière too. I therefore use one part of his philosophical system to expose what I see as the unnecessary restrictiveness of another. My examples are drawn from the collective practice of Arts against Cuts which formed part of the broad UK anti-austerity activism of winter and spring 2010/11.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Ranciere; Arts against Cuts; activism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
J Political Science > JC Political theory
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: 12 Oct 2012 14:04
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2013 09:18
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/31647 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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