Ranciere sees in Debord’s labelling of spectators as passive, unthinking and stupid the same Humanist strategy of stultifying the public he had. The Emancipated Spectator has ratings and 30 reviews. Sofia said: Posted on my book r this year I went to a conference in Lisbon in whic. The Emancipated Spectator. Jacques Rancière. Verso () 30 (1) Under the Name of Method: On Jacques Rancière’s Presumptive Tautology.

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A bit later he comments that leftwing “melancholy feeds on its own impotence”. The final essay, “The Pensive Image”, like the third, brings together some very different works.

It would be assumed that there is no fatal mechanism transforming reality into image; no monstrous beast absorbing all desires and energies into its belly; no lost community to be restored. Culture works through an “unpredictable interplay of associations and dissociations.

This is the first French language book I have finished in its entirety. It is the meaning of a movement of semiosis.

Later he points out: The content was respectable and sentimental.

This produces a necessary distance between the intention of the artist and the interpretation of the reader or viewer. Te is difficult for us to see what has been emabcipation out from the totality of the field from which the selection is made. Godard sees cinema as having “betrayed its vocation by sacrificing the fraternity of metaphors to the business of stories. He claims these three propositions define an ‘aesthetic community in general’, which is a ‘community of sense’ rather than one of aesthetes.

So such reading is not providing “rhetorical explanation about what must be done”. Tthe a passage from Deleuze and Guattari’s ‘What is Philosophy?

This dominance was maintained until there was a resurgence of the vulgar in the form of B-Movie horror, rock and sex genres in the consumer explosion of the ‘s. Chapters yhe and two are really refreshing for a weary student of theory. The process of cultural emancipation starts with individual or small groups of artists spectatoe do anything but obey these norms of taste.


Remarks on the Love of Cinema: At the same time they must provide the system with sufficient criticism to inoculate it. The radical tradition from Rousseau to Debord has seen a gap at the heart of ‘the mimetic community’, a gap between stage and audience, between spectacle and consumer.

Art as Representation and Expression. I very much felt that such curatorial guidance was closing off any of my own thought. Jan 15, Spwctator rated it really liked it. Review Copies Postal Address Please email collective metamute.

Ranciere takes exception to the idea of the passive spectator in the world of aesthetics. Ranciere who was part of this ’68 generation comments: In the final chapter he considers an idea of the ‘pensive’ image.

Any set of interests will be unlikely to present art that allows a critical appraisal of its own core supports to be revealed to the public. History of Western Philosophy. Affective Politics of Emancipation. He surmises that by the Sixties the use of Marxist ideology had led to two requirements from its adherents: This turns out to be fairly crucial to his attempt to free the position of the spectator from assumptions of passivity and inferiority.

This is a book well-worth reading, and I also recommend searching for the responses to these ideas by other authors, some of which can be hte online.

Ranciere insists, as we have heard, that art cannot be designed to emancipate and that emancipation cannot be prescribed. Or to be rznciere all precise about how to make work that enables emancipation rather than adding to ‘stultification’.

These obtuse meanings contribute to, often unnamable, atmosphere, quality and emotion-value. Representation or mimesis requires a ‘concordance’ between the sensory regime of one person and another – between the artist and the spectator.

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A basic assumption that I make jacquew that the system must manage the media spectqtor state cultural institutions well enough to insure that challenges to its survival do not de-stabilise its grip on power. See Ien Ang’s summary in which he concludes: He notices in his archival researches of proletarian writing that the books that are recommended between rancire are not necessarily those engaging with social issues and are more likely to be stories of romantic characters that were not designed by their authors as inspiration for the working class e.


Gatekeepers or managers, patrons and politicians, all contribute to maintaining a status quo, a class system. Jul 18, Gretta rated it it was amazing Shelves: Is it rather that images are rationed when they offer too many images of say, mass revolt? Request removal from index.

In chapter three he uses a phrase from Mallarme, ‘Separes est on ensemble’, to explore how we can be both individuals that think for ourselves and achieve a liberating ‘solidarity’ that doesn’t flatten our differences. There was a sheen of perfection which created an increasing gulf from the self-generated jacsues of artists and amateurs. Nov emancipahion, John David rated it liked it Emancpation The idea that individuals need to be thinking for themselves is hardly new and it is to Ranciere’s credit that he refreshes it and leads on to a set of philosophical problems about the relation between the individual and the collective.

Does a documentary with a voice-over give too much interpretation? Collectives are made of individuals, images are always a part of the use of our sensory abilities, and contemplation may look ‘passive’ but it is always mentally active.

The Emancipated Spectator

And it is part of a process that inevitably leads to the viewer creating something of her own, even if it is a negation; a turning away, yawning or choosing another path. I did not want to have this framework forced onto my first viewing of the actual print.

Rancieer posits a power of the spectator that is reactivated in performance he gives the example of theatre. Who” is the Spectator? Things that are not used for their intended purposes.