Art and politics: Dissensus and its metamorphoses av Jacques Rancière

"Art and politics: Dissensus and its metamorphoses" er tittelen på æresforelesningen som Jacques Rancière er invitert til å holde ut fra rammene til mønstringen: hva transformasjoner kan være på personlig, historisk og hellig plan i teori og praksis.

I dette foredraget undersøker Rancière samtidskontekster der kunstnerisk dissens møter effektene fra sosiale transformasjoner og nye former for politikk.

Foredraget tar utgangspunkt i Rancière sitt syn på at dissens er mer enn en konflikt mellom krefter, interesser eller ideer. Dissens er snarere en konflikt mellom måter å konstituere verden. I følge Rancière er politisering av kunst ikke at kunsten representerer faktiske sosiale situasjoner eller inneholder sosiale og politiske budskap, men at kunst blir politisk gjennom måtene rom og tid disponeres. Slik vil han vise hvordan fremstilling skaper forestillinger som rammer måtene i praksis – hvordan vi forholder oss, føler og tenker om verden – er vevd sammen i den ”alminnelige fornuft”. Ut fra konkrete eksempler analyserer Rancière så de motstridende logikkene i dissens og hvordan de virker i metamorfoser og deres transformasjoner i dag.

Foredraget åpner mønstringen. Samtidig markerte vi en takk til Kunstløftet fra samtidskunstnernes ståsted. I anledningen ble Til ungdommen, en bok vi gir i gave til 10 klassingene i landet, lansert.

Sted: Astrup Fearnley Museet, Kiefersalen.

Tid: 10. juni kl 10-14.00.

Opptak av foredraget: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3CKIZgwf3k&feature=youtu.be

Jacques Rancière er en fransk filosof, professor emeritus ved Paris-universitetet (Saint-Denis) og professor ved European Graduate School i Sveits. Han forsker på estetikk og politikk, og har blant annet skrevet bøkene The Politics of Aesthetics (2004) og Den emansiperte tilskuer (2009/2012).

Abstract:

Dissensus is more than a conflict of forces, interests or ideas. It is a conflict between ways of making worlds. Domination works by making us feel that there is a unique reality and enclosing our experience within a framework that makes it appear obvious and inescapable. Dissensus breaks through this obviousness: it reframes the visibility of our world, suspends, accelerates or slows down its temporal flow and invents new modes of presentation of things and new ways of making sense of them. What makes art political is not the fact of representing social situations and delivering messages on social and political issues. It is the construction of spatial and temporal dispositifs and the shaping of forms of visibility and intelligibility which reframe the ways in which practices, manners of being and modes of feeling and saying are interwoven in a commonsense.

For one century, the practices of artistic dissensus have gone through many contradictions and metamorphoses: architectural dreams of an anti-hierarchical reshaping of space or construction of critical dispositifs producing clashes between heterogeneous elements to provoke a new gaze on a conflictual reality ; integration of the objects of popular culture to demystify high art or strategies of resistance to the very production of objects against the commodification of art ; attempts to make the conflicts of the world get into the museums or to make artists leave the museums to do social research, reclaim the streets , infiltrate the networks of domination or create bio-environments, etc., etc.

Through the study of specific cases, the lecture will analyze the contradictory logics of dissensus at work in those metamorphoses and their transformations to-day. It will situate this investigation in a contemporary context where the practices of artistic dissensus meet the effects of social transformations and the new forms of politics. The artistic attempts to rematerialize the world and reintroduce the conflicts of history into the spaces of art take place in buildings and areas formerly dedicated to industrial work and made available for art and “cultural industry” by the relocation of the factories. And the new forms of political protest and notably the “occupy” movements have rematerialized in the urban landscape the “aesthetic” aspect of politics: politics is, above all, the construction of a common world and the conflict about the objects of this common world, the ways of dealing with them and the subjects able to do so. The lecture will also examine these new forms of interaction and confusion between artistic and political dissensus.

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