The Emancipated Spectator

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Verso, 2009 - Education - 134 pages
In this title, the foremost philosopher of art argues for a new politics of seeing. The role of the viewer in art and film theory revolves around a theatrical concept of the spectacle. The masses subjected to the society of spectacle have traditionally been seen 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 performance. In this follow-up to the acclaimed "The Future of the Image", Ranciere takes a radically different approach to this attempted emancipation. Beginning by 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, instead, a melancholic affirmation of their omnipotence?

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This book is a set of five essays in response to Ranciere's earlier work "The Ignorant Schoolmaster." All of these pieces are tied together by Ranciere's attempt to overcome the dyad so often ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Jacques Ranciere 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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