What to make of Ranciere? He falls in a long line of extremely abstract French thought. On a very general level, he provides some interesting insights in conceptualizing the concept of the police as a sort of regimented array of the sensible that extends the concept into a very broad term. His critique of political art, which doesn't necessarily lead to action and can often descend into a parody of critique , is in part insightful. Perhaps his most relevant observation is the way in which the aesthetic plays into his notion of the political, which creates a dissensus between different symbolic orders. He also makes a good point of how political resistance and aesthetic resistance must remain on different registers altogether.
On a another level, much of what he writes strikes one as using grandiose verbiage in making some fairly obvious points. Ultimately, Ranciere is indebted to the modernist tradition, which his own wordy writing ascends to but never reaches. He prioritizes non-mimetic art in problematic ways, has rather formalistic notions of how art operates--divested from context, holds a penchant for the counter-intuitive over the obvious. In other words, his concepts loftily escape the orbit of reality often-- not that this makes them irrelevant. But if you want any use from Ranciere, it requires re-tethering his concepts with the actual practices how how art and politics actually functions.
- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (30 July 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781472583550
- ISBN-13: 978-1472583550
- ASIN: 1472583558
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.9 x 20 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 422 g
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