JJ Charlesworth reviews Jacques Rancière’s The Emancipated Spectator for Art Review
January 20, 2010 by versouk
JJ Charlesworth reviews Jacques Rancière’s latest book The Emancipated Spectator for Art Review:
The problem for Rancière throughout The Emancipated Spectator is renegotiating aesthetic agency and potential political agency in artwork at a time when there is no substantial political narrative to act as ‘guarantor’ as political meaning. Rancière’s work is to insist that artworks by their nature, present what is possible, rather than actual, in human subjectivity. Art, in short, proposes that society can be remade, because art shows that subjectivity can be remade.
The full article is available to subscribers on Art Review website, here.
Jacques Rancière is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at The University of Paris VIII. His books inlcude The Future of Image, Hatred of Democracy and On the Shores of Politics.
3rd February / Institute of Contemporary Arts / Jacques Rancière will be joined by Kodwo Eshun to explore the values of documentary practice. For more information, please see here.
4th February / Whitechapel Gallery / Jacques Rancière will be giving the Big Ideas talk with Adrian Rifkin to tie in with the launch of The Emancipated Spectator. Please find more details here.