Philosophy

Aesthetics, Politics

Art, held hostage by capital

Art, held hostage by capital

There is a global network of airport-based duty-free depots that buy and sell works of art that might never again see the light of day. Chances are you’re not among their customers.

20/10/2015 ×

Philosophy

Redistributing the sublime: Rancière’s critique of Lyotard’s aesthetics

Redistributing the sublime: Rancière’s critique of Lyotard’s aesthetics

Jacques Rancière’s theoretically fruitful amalgamation of aesthetics and politics distinguishes between three regimes of identification of what is called art in the Western tradition. The aesthetic regime of art and the authentic politics both have a potential to transcend the given distribution of the sensible: either by creating new forms […]

17/06/2013 ×

Philosophy

Вера в науке и религии

Вера в науке и религии

“Не суть есть [Бог] или нет, суть в том, что чтобы жить дальше приходится верить, верить в какие-то аксиомы. Они есть и в математике, и в том что касается духовных раскладов, без них никак дальше идти нельзя.”

16/06/2013 ×

Aesthetics, Media

The Sublime is behind the bars of fiction

The Sublime is behind the bars of fiction

Some will ask. Why go to space to look for Real? Why try making a better revision of a fictional item? Why must it be the uppermost artificial environment, where we can find our Nature?

13/05/2013 ×

Aesthetics

Zizek on Mapplethorpe

Zizek on Mapplethorpe

Let us say I were to publish a video clip on YouTube depicting in detail how I shit, how the anal hole gradually gets wider, the excremental sausage falls out, while also showing the stupidly satisfied/relaxed expression of my face when the shit falls out. You would say disgusting. Then […]

26/03/2013 ×

Ethics, Film

Film still from "Bestiare", Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin

Observations in and on “Bestiaire”

Watching monkeys at a zoo, one can never be quite sure who is observing whom. During one of my few visits to Berlin’s Zoologischer Garten, a smart little caged creature held its hands to its face as if holding an imaginary camera. It looked at me through the thus formed […]

15/02/2012 ×