Materiality, affective formation, and aesthetic resistance: Beuys and feminist politics
Within the framework of the Research Group Ethico-Aesthetics of the Visual
Collective Las Tesis „A rapist in your path“.
Picture: Paulo Slachevsky, Performance "Un violador en tu camino", www.flickr.com/photos/pauloslachevsky/49154552608, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
With his notion of "social plastic" Beuys attempted to rethink democratic politics as a process of social creation. If in some respects he thereby seems to prefigure the politics of contemporary social movements and ideas of radical democracy, feminist theories and practices of democracy help to unpack the majoritarian biases of Beuys' notion and reveal a lack of radicality in its conception of politics.
Francesca Raimondi is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf. She works at the intersection of political philosophy, social theory, and aesthetics and is the author of The Time of Democracy. Deciding and Acting after Carl Schmitt and Hannah Arendt and editor of, among others, the anthology Seriality and Repetition: Revisited.
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18 October 2021
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Ethico-Aesthetics of the Visual
The far-reaching relations between art, visuality and ethics require fundamental examination. Art history, and more generally the history of images, have so far only partially addressed this relationship and not in its historical depth. However, it is well known that (art) objects and the built environment play an essential role in raising aesthetic awareness, and that they can even contribute to the ethical and political constitution of the individual and society in general – both in in a critical-transformative and a disciplining sense.