The Emancipated Spectator
In this follow-up to the acclaimed The Future of the Image, Ranciere takes a radically different approach to this attempted emancipation. First 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, ironically, a sad affirmation of its omnipotence?
"Ranciere's writings offer one of the few conceptualizations of how we are to continue to resist." Slavoj Zizek "What we see here is Ranciere developing a unique voice as a political theorist." - Bookforum "It's clear that Jacques Ranciere is relighting the flame that was extinguished for many - that is why he serves as such a signal reference today." - Thomas Hirschhorn
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 and The Nights of Labor.