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The Aesthetic Regime of Art: Dimensions of Rancière’s theory


 Organised by the Slovenian Society of Aesthetics and the Maska Institute, in collaboration with the AZIL Bookstore.

Friday, 27 November 2015 at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU), Novi trg 2, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The aesthetic regime of art is a paradigm whose structure of connections between art and the everyday exceeds the classical territoriality of practices, skills and traditional classifications of art: it transpires in the overcoming of the boundaries between artistic practices and life. The conference aims to reflect on Rancière’s political conceptualisations of the sensual, with the additional incentive provided by the publication of the Slovenian translation of his exciting book Aisthesis: Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art (Aisthesis: Prizori iz estetskega režima umetnosti, Maska, 2015, trans. Sonja Dular), in which the author in fourteen chapters considers fourteen artistic examples (politics) as events or even “disruptions”, which, among other things, intervene in the order of the existing distributions of the sensual in art by addressing something in the spectator that has not been addressed thus far by the other two regimes (the ethical regime of the image and the representational regime of art). These are examples of art and of discourses on art, which, from 1764 to 1941, gradually introduce previously unexplored modes of creation, production, reception and reflection of art. That is to say, Rancière does not focus on canonical modernist authors such as Mondrian and Kandinsky, Malevich and Duchamp; rather, he focuses on the treatment of practices in the Folies Bergère cabaret and on the poets who recorded these events, on the extravagant dancer and choreographer Loïe Fuller, Chaplin’s films, Whitman’s poetry, Craig’s revolutions in set design, etc. In so doing, he is not guided by a desire to redefine modernism; rather, he aims to reflect on that which represented an aesthetic disruption in the modernist paradigm.

Already on Thursday, 26 November 2015 at 6 pm, Jacques Rancière will hold an opening lecture as part of the Slovenian Book Fair in Cankarjev dom (Linhart’s hall), and he will also attend our international conference. The evening programme of the Slovenian Chinematheque on 26 and 27 November will be devoted to films, artists and topics that Rancière treats in his book Aisthesis. 

Aspects of the conference we propose to be considered by our panellists:

1.       The aesthetic regime or modernism: how does Rancière’s concept change the notion of artistic modernity and what does it offer in terms of the concept of modernism?

2.       The aesthetic regime and realism: Rancière’s reinterpretation of the real from literature to photography.

3.       Rancière and the politics of the aesthetic: what does he make visible from his position, given the debates on politics and aesthetics in the 20th century?

4.       The division of sensuality in mass and popular art: from cabaret to film.

5.     The multiplication of scenes: how to explore art further by employing Rancière’s “regimes”? What do they tell us about the historicity of art in Slovenia and Slovenian art in the age of modernism?

The conference will be held in English.

You are invited to participate in the international conference by presenting a paper on the announced topic within the proposed aspects, and we ask you to email the title and abstract (maximum 500 words) of your paper to [email protected] (please indicate this is a proposal “For the 2015 conference”) by Monday, 28 September 2015.

Each paper will be allocated 30 minutes: 20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

We will inform you of whether or not your proposal is accepted by 5 October 2015.

In the case of a larger number of panellists, it is possible the conference would be extended to Saturday, 28 November 2015. There is no registration fee for the international conference; however, the participants are required to cover their own travelling and sustenance expenses.

Slovenian Society of Aesthetics (Slovensko društvo za estetiko)

Maska Institute (Zavod Maska) with the support of l'Institut français de Slovénie (Francoski inštitut v Sloveniji), Slovenian Book Fair (Slovenski knjižni sejem) and Slovenian Chinematheque (Slovenska kinoteka)

AZIL Bookstore (Knjigarna Azil) with the support of the Slovenian Book Agency (Javna agencija za knjigo RS)