By Renee C. Hoogland

Rather than asking questions about the symbolic that means or underlying “truth” of a piece of artwork, renée c. hoogland is anxious with the particular “work” that it does on the earth (whether deliberately or not). Why will we locate ourselves in tears in entrance of an summary portray? Why do a little cartoons of the prophet Muhammad generate around the world political outrage? What, in different phrases, is the compelling strength of visible photographs, even—or especially—if they're nonfigurative, repulsive, or downright “ugly”? instead of describing, interpreting, and studying artistic endeavors, hoogland methods paintings as an occasion that obtains at the point of actualization, proposing “retellings” of particular inventive occasions within the gentle of modern interventions in aesthetic concept, and presenting to conceive of the cultured stumble upon as a very likely disruptive, if now not violent, strength box with fabric, political, and useful consequences.

“Arguing on behalf of the undefinable affective responses produced by means of pictures, A Violent include posits that reactions to paintings usually are not simply politically necessary and aesthetically insightful, yet that they take us past the boundaries of formal research, feedback, semiotics, and commonplace expectancies. This e-book is key to those that are engaged in debates approximately electronic and visible tradition, paintings, and impact theory.” —Judith Roof, Rice University

“Provocative, insightful, and eloquent, hoogland engages her reader within the reconceptualization of latest tradition as an instantaneous and embodied event. Writing with a feeling of urgency and conviction, hoogland bargains relocating discussions of up to date paintings: from Louise Bourgeois’s sculpture to images of Detroit as nonetheless lifestyles. becoming a member of the becoming variety of critics whose frustrations with the boundaries of ideological critique have led them towards theories of have an effect on, occasion, and come across, this booklet presents an important addition for all these pressured via this gearshift in severe theories of artwork and culture.” —Jackie Stacey, The collage of Manchester

“In this pretty and pressing e-book, renee hoogland proposes a brand new, radical (and even militant) aestheticism, person who is healthy for the twenty first century. we are living in a time "after representation," whilst pictures don't easily depict or seek advice from items, yet have an uncanny lifetime of their very own. A Violent include takes complete account of this unusual, spectral energy, and mobilizes it within the curiosity of a higher lifestyles to come.”—Steven Shavir, DeRoy Professor of English, Wayne kingdom University

“[A] hard and provocative study.” —ARLIS/NA, paintings Libraries Society of North the USA

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Art yet maintains its connections to the world in that it only “happens” in the actualization of the (aesthetic) event. Insisting on the dynamic presentness (as distinct from its representational dimension) of the artistic event, my project throughout this book is to trace the contours of a radical or neo-aesthetics that runs counter to art historical traditions that emphasize the autonomy of the artistic object, or the genius of the individual artist, or the merely pleasurable or edifying functions of art.

It is against this overall political and theoretical background that I turn my attention in this book to visual art as a site — for lack of a better term — where the “new” is most likely to arise and where emergent formations of becoming are primarily (although not exclusively) expressed in their affective operations. In light of the above, one may well ask why I have decided to focus on art in the narrow sense, and not on visual media in their wider implications, to address these issues. Art and aesthetic experience move us “beyond” what appears to be familiar reality; rather than affirming what we already know, art creates a rupture, forcing us to see and think things differently.

Writing against this background, and against that of an emerging avant-garde modernist movement that would equally, and perhaps even more fundamentally, call into question all classical distinctions and appreciations of art forms and genres, Bakhtin and Whitehead, each in his own way, and to divergent purposes, appear to respond — whether deliberately or not — to these developments by effectively foregrounding precisely those aspects of aesthetic activity that obtain in the sensual and perceptual body in its entirety, that is, on the prepersonal and presubjective level of affect, and thus provide a philosophical framework in which to place contemporary developments in the world of art and craft at large.

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