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Johan F. Hartle

Marx and the Aesthetic

Keywords: Marxism, the aesthetico-political, philosophy, visual arts, literature

The aim of this book is twofold: on the one hand, to analyse the role of the aesthetic in the writings of Marx and, on the other, to examine works of art and literature which are based on, or have been directly inspired by Marx’s writings (and not just Marxism in the broadest sense). At the core of this book, then, is an attempt to think the immanent relation between the aesthetic and emancipatory conceptions of politics in times of cultural and economic globalisation.

Co-editor: Samir Gandesha (Institute of the Humanities, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada)

kollektive gestalten

Keywords: theory of design, theory of architecture, the aesthetico-political

The book series kollektive gestalten (Turia+Kant-Verlag, Wien) is dedicated to the theory of design and architecture. It aims to interpret spatial, visual, virtual and communicative architectures as shapes of collective practices (as kollektive Gestalten) and also to contribute to the formation of collectives (dazu beizutragen. kollektive zu gestalten) to counter the erosion of solidarity in contemporary neoliberal societies.

Co-editor: Andreas Rumpfhuber (Expanded Design/Theoriesalon, Vienna)

Aesthetics of Crisis—Crisis of Aesthetics 

Keywords: economic crisis, social struggles, social experiments, the aesthetico-political, precarious representation

The project Aesthetics of CrisisCrisis of Aesthetics is a mid-term research project that involves public lecture series, book projects and various forms of aesthetic and social research into the field of the visibility of crisis and the forms of social and aesthetic experiments which people develop to counter its most dramatic consequences. It focuses on questions of aesthetic ideology (the critique of aesthetic autonomy) just as much as on problems of aesthetic representation in times of economic abstraction. Last but not least, it poses the question: How can one argue for normative aesthetics in an increasingly fragmented and disrupted world?

Partners: Hendrik Folkerts (Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam) and Gerhard Buurman (Institut für Designforschung, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste)


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