“Rancière’s writings offer one of the few conceptualizations of how we are to continue to resist.” Slavoj Zizek
“Rancière is an heir to Foucault.” Alain Badiou
AUTHOR EVENTS IN LONDON:
3rd February 2010: ICA / Jacques Rancière in conversation with Kodwo Eshun, Otolith Group / For more details and to book click here.
4th February 2010: Whitechapel Gallery / Big Ideas: Jacques Rancière in conversation with Adrian Rifkin and Andrea Phillips / For more details and to book click here.
“Every spectator is already an actor in her story; every actor, every man of action, is the spectator of the same story.”
The role of the viewer in art and film theory revolves around a theatrical concept of the spectacle. The masses subjected to the society of spectacle have traditionally been seen as aesthetically and politically passive—in response, both artists and thinkers have sought to transform the spectator into an active agent and the spectacle into a performance.
In this follow-up to the acclaimed The Future of the Image, Rancière takes a radically different approach to this attempted emancipation. Beginning by asking exactly what we mean by political art or the politics of art, he goes on to look at what the tradition of critical art, and the desire to insert art into life, has achieved. Has the militant critique of the consumption of images and commodities become, instead, a melancholic affirmation of their omnipotence?
A ‘68er whose radical ardour remains undimmed, Jacques Rancièreis one of the most influential and compelling thinkers of our age in France since Foucault and Deleuze, lauded by both art theorists and artists.