Ranciere Against the Cuts: Activist Demands are Aesthetic

Klee, Steve 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 currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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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 Music and Fine Art
Depositing User: Steve Klee
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2012 14:04
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2015 15:56
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/31647 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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