The Future of the Image

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Verso, 2007 - Philosophy - 147 pages
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Lauded by major contemporary artists and philosophers, Jacques Rancière's work returns politics to its central place in understanding art.

In The Future of the Image,Jacques Rancière develops a fascinating new concept of the image incontemporary art, showing how art and politics have always beenintrinsically intertwined. Covering a range of art movements, filmmakers such as Godard and Bresson, andthinkers such as Foucault, Deleuze, Adorno, Barthes, Lyotard andGreenberg, Rancière shows that contemporary theorists of the image aresuffering from religious tendencies.

He argues that there is a starkpolitical choice in art: it can either reinforce a radical democracy,or create a new reactionary mysticism. For Rancière there is never apure art: the aesthetic revolution must always embrace egalitarianideals.

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User Review  - Roderick Mcgillis - Goodreads

I confess that this book flummoxed me. No doubt it is better than I understand it to be. I do find the discussion of the intersection of the verbal and the visual provocative, but I know I am missing ... Read full review

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User Review  - James F - Goodreads

This book, the fourth I have read recently by Rancire, is composed of five essays written separately, "The Future of the Image", "Sentence, Image, History", "Painting in the Text", and "Are Some ... Read full review


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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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