Translation by Anna Preger Art and politics. N.V.: Your thought mainly revolves around mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion, around a great. The Politics of Aesthetics (Bloomsbury Revelations) [Jacques Rancière, Gabriel Rockhill] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Politics of. Jacques Rancière, Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics, Steven For Rancière , politics is not a matter of what people receive or demand.

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It became the manifestation of a meaning proper off life. It is the latter that challenged the old opposition between the dramatic logic of chains of actions and the insignificance of everyday life.

The Politics of Aesthetics

For on the one hand your thesis of a distribution of the ppolitics appears to be a trans-historical philosophical statement; on the other, after a properly historical study centred on the critique of discourses of mastery, your work seems to have gradually reverted back to philosophy, which seems to me to characterize the general evolution of French thought over the last twenty or thirty years. Yet film did no less than reinstate the art of stories and characters precisely at the point when literature was discarding it.

As he succinctly puts the point in Chronique aaesthetics temps consensuelsThe consensus that governs us is jacqes machine of power insofar as it is a machine of vision. To go from the historical mode to the philosophical mode and vice-versa means that thought is one and that everyone thinks. I did not say that art is necessarily political but that politics is inherent in the forms themselves, for example the museum, the book or the theatre.

Aesthetics emerges as the theory of an experience of sensory neutralization, of a concrete experience of the oppositions that structured the hierarchical world-view. For instance, the distinctions between the ethical, representational, and aesthetic regimes, while glossed in Corcoran’s introduction, do not make much of an appearance in the text.


To challenge such a hierarchical order is to act under the presupposition of one’s own equality. The challenge confronting contemporary artists, then, is how to keep alive the dissensus of art without simply reducing it to the reality from which it dissents or claiming that that reality is nothing other than art. I can think of no better starting point than this collection. Regimes are not separated from one another by thunderclaps or by a clash of cymbals.

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It is not a matter of the institutional creation of just social arrangements. Structuralism, the Marxist revival, anti-imperialist struggles and youth movements. This dissensus is obscured in Hardt and Negri’s adoption of Deleuze’s expressive immanence, and in fact is dismissed as a paranoid reaction. The historical helps to deconstruct philosophical truisms, but, moreover, philosophical categories help to identify what is widely at stake in what historians always present as realities and mentalities that ranciree be dissociated from their context.


Film spectators remained individuals, they identified far less collectively than did their theatre-going peers. No one has argued against this repression with more precision, nuance, and undeniable force than Jacques RanciFre The idea of history as a co-presence is in no way a postmodern invention.

For him, this gives them a possible relation to politics. This does not strip anything of its material solidity, rather, it shifts the frameworks within which these solid things are for us organized into worlds. There is no opposition between a trans-historical orientation and an historical critique. This is why, for Schiller and the Romantics after him, it was possible to contrast a revolution in the very forms of sensory life with the revolutionary overthrow of the forms of government.

Instead, it re-frames the world of common experience as the world of a shared impersonal experience. Such a dating is a bit arbitrary, however, since there are aesthetic writings from before and political writings from after that date.

But this is not polittics all what coexistence means and for over two centuries the concept of coexistence has been enmeshed with that of a movement of history towards the aestyetics of a promise.


One can mark two distinct but related periods in his “mature” work, which cover two aestthetics but related themes: The art of imitations is able to inscribe its specific hierarchies and exclusions in the major distribution of the liberal arts and the mechanical arts. This has nothing to do with postmodernism or with the self-sufficiency of signs. For those who seek to get a sense both of the richness and the breadth of the work of one of the most significant thinkers of our time, Dissensus provide a valuable resource.

Subscribe to our RSS feed: Thus, I would say that what marked an era and what counts for me is this widespread revolution in taste, this challenge to hierarchies, thus, what we could call the disorder of the New Wave, more than a fixed theory or usage of film.

The latter rancifre to be the expression of a purposeful will. It is not a case of a return from history to philosophy but rather a aestehtics use of one form of discourse and knowledge so as to challenge another. Given that their relation is only ever analogical, what makes “esthetic politics” progressive in its relation to actual, on-the-ground agitation, as opposed to escapist or reactionary?

This is because the concept of engagement does not in itself define an art form. With art and with politics, inventions and subjectifications constantly reconfigure the landscape of what is political and what is artistic.

This is emphatically not the case with the collection under review. When I rwnciere that there is no art in general, it is not because I make art subordinate to some kind of volcanic eventiality.