The Emancipated Spectator

By Jacques Ranciere; Gregory Elliott (Translator)
(Verso, Paperback, 9781844677610, 134pp.)

Publication Date: October 2011

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Description
The theorists of art and film commonly depict the modern audience 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 communal performance.
In this follow-up to the acclaimed "The Future of the Image," Ranciere takes a radically different approach to this attempted emancipation. First 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, ironically, a sad affirmation of its omnipotence?



About the Author
Jacques Ranciere taught at the University of Paris VIII, France, from 1969 to 2000, occupying the Chair of Aesthetics and Politics from 1990 until his retirement.

Gregory Elliott is a member of the editorial collective of RGregory Elliott is a member of the editorial collective of Radical Philosophy and author of "Althusser: The Detour of Thadical Philosophy and author of "Althusser: The Detour of Theory" and "Labourism and the English Genius: The Strange Deceory" and "Labourism and the English Genius: The Strange Decay of Labour England?". ay of Labour England?".
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