Ethics of contemporary art : in the shadow of transgressionPublisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020Copyright date: ©2020Description: 1 online resourceISBN:
- N72.E8 R44 2020
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction -- 1 Four snapshots of transgression -- 2 Magic models -- 3 Knots and partial enunciators -- 4 Repair -- 5 Experiments with truth -- Conclusion.
"Scatological shock-merchants, untrained social workers, conflict-zone tourists: from a certain standpoint the relationship between contemporary art and ethics involves a string of negative conjunctions. At their center stands the artist, whose personality and intentions often serve as an ethical measure of the work. This book operates on the basis of a different premise: that artworks themselves have ethical effects, and looking at these effects can tell us about wider processes of social change. As the first full-length study of its kind to outline a positive vision of the ethics of contemporary art, this book distances itself from previous accounts that focus on transgression. The critique of transgressive art is not made on the basis that it is wrong, but that it no longer succeeds on its own terms in societies where language, prohibition and morality are more plastic than they once were. By drawing on the work of Felix Guattari and Jacques Lacan, the book develops a novel theoretical framework that emphasizes the effect of art on subjectivity. Along the way artworks by Kader Attia, Artur Zmijewski, Dora Garcia and others serve as springboards launching discussions of the varied pathways along which a renewed ethics of contemporary art might develop"-- Provided by publisher.
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