Why Only Art Can Save Us

Aesthetics and the Absence of Emergency

Author: Santiago Zabala

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231544960

Category: Philosophy

Page: 198

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The state of emergency, according to thinkers such as Carl Schmidt, Walter Benjamin, and Giorgio Agamben, is at the heart of any theory of politics. But today the problem is not the crises that we do confront, which are often used by governments to legitimize themselves, but the ones that political realism stops us from recognizing as emergencies, from widespread surveillance to climate change to the systemic shocks of neoliberalism. We need a way of disrupting the existing order that can energize radical democratic action rather than reinforcing the status quo. In this provocative book, Santiago Zabala declares that in an age where the greatest emergency is the absence of emergency, only contemporary art’s capacity to alter reality can save us. Why Only Art Can Save Us advances a new aesthetics centered on the nature of the emergency that characterizes the twenty-first century. Zabala draws on Martin Heidegger’s distinction between works of art that rescue us from emergency and those that are rescuers into emergency. The former are a means of cultural politics, conservers of the status quo that conceal emergencies; the latter are disruptive events that thrust us into emergencies. Building on Arthur Danto, Jacques Rancière, and Gianni Vattimo, who made aesthetics more responsive to contemporary art, Zabala argues that works of art are not simply a means of elevating consumerism or contemplating beauty but are points of departure to change the world. Radical artists create works that disclose and demand active intervention in ongoing crises. Interpreting works of art that aim to propel us into absent emergencies, Zabala shows how art’s ability to create new realities is fundamental to the politics of radical democracy in the state of emergency that is the present.

Against Aesthetic Exceptionalism

Author: Arne De Boever

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 1452962200

Category: Art

Page: 130

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Reconsiders exceptionalism between aesthetics and politics Here, Arne De Boever proposes the notion of aesthetic exceptionalism to describe the widespread belief that art and artists are exceptional. Against Aesthetic Exceptionalism challenges that belief by focusing on the sovereign artist as genius, as well as the original artwork as the foundation of the art market. Engaging with sculpture, conceptual artwork, and painting by emerging and established artists, De Boever proposes a worldly, democratic notion of unexceptional art as an antidote to the problems of aesthetic exceptionalism. Forerunners: Ideas First Short books of thought-in-process scholarship, where intense analysis, questioning, and speculation take the lead


On Death and Death-Making in International Relations

Author: Caroline Alphin,François Debrix

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429855702

Category: Political Science

Page: 214

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Necrogeopolitics: On Death and Death-Making in International Relations brings together a diverse array of critical IR scholars, political theorists, critical security studies researchers, and critical geographers to provide a series of interventions on the topic of death and death-making in global politics. Contrary to most existing scholarship, this volume does not place the emphasis on traditional sources or large-scale configurations of power/force leading to death in IR. Instead, it details, theorizes, and challenges more mundane, perhaps banal, and often ordinary modalities of violence perpetrated against human lives and bodies, and often contributing to horrific instances of death and destruction. Concepts such as "slow death," "soft killing," "superfluous bodies," or "extra/ordinary" destruction/disappearance are brought to the fore by prominent voices in these fields alongside more junior creative thinkers to rethink the politics of life and death in the global polity away from dominant IR or political theory paradigms about power, force, and violence. The volume features chapters that offer thought-provoking reconsiderations of key concepts, theories, and practices about death and death-making along with other chapters that seek to challenge some of these concepts, theories, or practices in settings that include the Palestinian territories, Brazilian cities, displaced population flows from the Middle East, sites of immigration policing in North America, and spaces of welfare politics in Scandinavian states.

The Artist-Philosopher and New Philosophy

Author: George Smith

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317287169

Category: Art

Page: 184

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In The Artist-Philosopher and New Philosophy, Smith argues that Western Metaphysics has indeed come to what Heidegger describes as “an end.” That is hardly to say philosophy as such is over or soon to disappear; rather, its purpose as a medium of cultural change and as a generator of history has run its course. He thus calls for a New Philosophy, conceptualized by the artist-philosopher who “makes” or “poeticizes” New Philosophy, spanning literary and theoretical discourses and operating across art in all its forms and across culture in all its locations. To this end, Smith proposes the establishment of schools and social networks that advance the training and development of artist-philosophers, as well as global digital networks that are themselves designed toward this “ever-becoming community.”

Raw Vision

Historic Archive Reprint of Raw Vision's First Three Issues

Author: John Maizels

Publisher: Raw Vision


Category: Art

Page: 172

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Raw Vision magazine was first published in 1989 at a time when Outsider Art was almost a clandestine, secret area of art, only just a few people around the world knew about. The first editions of Raw Vision magazine presented works that have since become world famous but which, at the time, were shown to a wide audience for the first time. The early editions of Raw Vision soon sold out and over the years became expensive and sought-after collectors' items. Features include: The Art of Entrancement: the mediumistic and spiritual in Outsider Art; Word and Image in American Folk Art: a survey of Southern folk artists; Nek Chand's Rock Garden of Chandigarh: the world's largest sculpture park and visionary environment. Autour de l'Art Brut: an exploration of Dubuffet's theories of Art Brut. The work of SPACES, the Los Angeles based conservation organisation who were instrumental in saving the famous Watts Towers. Schroder-Sonnenstern: the demented erotic vision of this German draughtsman. Haiti and the school of Saint Soleil - contemporary works form the vibrant artistic world of Haiti. Willem van Genk: powerful Dutch visionary. Gustav Mesmer: Outsider and his flying machines, a latter day lcarus. Billy Morey - creating against all the odds - how art rescued him from a cycle of crime and punishment.

A History of Psychology

Original Sources and Contemporary Research

Author: Ludy T. Benjamin

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages


Category: Psychology

Page: 663

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This book is a reader in the history of psychology that covers the field from Descartes and Locke and the rise of modern science through the neobehaviorism of the 1950's. It is unlike any previous reader treating the history of psychology in that it combines primary and secondary sources. The history of psychology course is offered in the psychology department at most four-year schools.