The Future of the Image

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Verso, 2009 - Art - 147 pages
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In The Future of the Image, Jacques Rancière develops a fascinatingnew concept of the image in contemporary art, showing how art and politics havealways been intrinsically intertwined. Covering a range of art movements,filmmakers such as Godard and Bresson, and thinkers such as Foucault, Deleuze,Adorno, Barthes, Lyotard and Greenberg, Rancière shows that contemporarytheorists of the image are suffering from religious tendencies.

He argues that there is a stark political choice in art: it can eitherreinforce a radical democracy, or create a new reactionary mysticism. ForRancière there is never a pure art: the aesthetic revolution must alwaysembrace egalitarian ideals.

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User Review  - Jacob - Goodreads

"Like all forms of work, the labor of mourning is tiring." (p. 21) Some of the writing on mimesis is interesting. Otherwise, meh (but it was certainly more accessible than The Politics of Aesthetics). Read full review

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User Review  - Max Li - Goodreads

Quite boring actually and not particularly inspiring. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Jacques Rancière is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris-VIII. His books include The Politics of Aesthetics, On the Shores of Politics, Short Voyages to the Land of the People, The Nights of Labor, Staging the People, and The Emancipated Spectator.

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

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