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|Oliver MarchartConflictual Aesthetics
Artistic Activism and the Public Sphere
A new wave of artistic activism has emerged in recent years. The ever-increasing dominance of authoritarian neoliberalism has prompted many artists to turn toward more direct forms of action. On closer inspection, however, activist practices have been around much longer in the art field. As Oliver Marchart claims, there has always been an activist undercurrent of art. In this book, he traces some of the trajectories of artistic activism in theater, dance, performance, and public art, and investigates the political potential of urbanism, curating, and the “biennials of resistance.” What emerges is an aesthetics that is conflictual in a double sense: it conflicts with a traditional approach to aesthetics, and it works out the political dimension of conflictual artistic practice.
Oliver Marchart is a political theorist and philosopher. He is currently professor of political theory at the University of Vienna. His books include Post-foundational Political Thought: Political Difference in Nancy, Lefort, Badiou and Laclau (2007), Thinking Antagonism: Political Ontology after Laclau (2018), and the forthcoming Post-foundational Theories of Democracy: Reclaiming Freedom, Equality, Solidarity.
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