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Ranciere sees in Debord’s labelling of spectators as passive, unthinking and stupid the same Humanist strategy of stultifying the public he had. The Emancipated Spectator has ratings and 30 reviews. Sofia said: Posted on my book r this year I went to a conference in Lisbon in whic. The Emancipated Spectator. Jacques Rancière. Verso () 30 (1) Under the Name of Method: On Jacques Rancière’s Presumptive Tautology.

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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try ranckere. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The theorists of art and film commonly depict the modern audience as aesthetically and politically passive.

In response, both artists and thinkers have sought to transform the spectator into an active agent and the spectacle into a communal performance. First asking exactly what we mean by political art or the politics of art, he goes on to look at what the tradition of critical art, and the desire to insert art jzcques life, has achieved.

Has the militant critique of the consumption of images and commodities become, ironically, a sad affirmation of its omnipotence? Hardcover rancierd, pages. Published November 2nd by Verso first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Emancipated Spectatorplease sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Emancipated Spectator. Lists with This Book. Posted on my book blog. The author has some thought-provoking ideas, and he writes in such a clear, logical way that I e Posted on my book blog.

The author raises some very good points about whether the spectator is passive or active, and if that should be addressed or changed by the actors.

Next came The Misadventures of Critical Thinkingwhich explores the tradition of criticizing art and whether that tradition or its denial is relevant nowadays. The Paradoxes of Political Art was one of the most interesting rancoere me, since it delved deep into the contradictions specttator to political, and politicized, art. The last two, The Intolerable Image and The Thinking Imagewere closer to emanccipation lecture I listened to and focused mainly on images and visual arts.

This is a book well-worth reading, and I also recommend searching for the responses to these ideas by other authors, some of which can be found online. Feb 01, Stefan Szczelkun rated it really liked it. The first chapter puts forward the core idea that there has been a myth of peoples passivity generated from the established left which has been a central plank of classism by persuading people of the inequality of intelligence between them and their masters. Ranciere talks about abrutir rather than oppression.

The crude idea of the ranciers masses was disposed of well before John Carey’s ‘The Intellectual and the Masses: Pride and Prejudice Among the Literary Intelligentsia ‘ came out in The first chapter puts forward the core idea hhe there has been a myth of peoples passivity generated from the established left which has been a central plank of classism by persuading people of the inequality of intelligence between them and their masters. Pride and Prejudice Among the Literary Intelligentsia ‘ emancipagion out in Before that the idea of the myth of the audience as passive victims of the mass media was taken apart by many in Media and Communication studies.

See Ien Ang’s summary in which he concludes: So Ranciere is following a well established media studies trend that he probably contributed to with his earlier writings. Ranciere directs this analysis at some of my favourite French theorists from Guy Debord to Pierre Bourdieu.

Debord’s ‘Society of the Spectacle’, and its idea of a worId transfixed by consumption, was something I almost revered in sppectator twenties. In spite of the academic groundwork done in the previous emahcipation years that I was aware of, reading Ranciere’s analysis felt like shaking off a long dead leech. Ranciere is perhaps the first higher ranking philosopher to dare confront icons of the Marxist radical left with their, and our, own classism.


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The criticism of Pierre Bourdieu that follows in chapter 2 is something similar to what I wrote less elegantly, back in Bourdieu does not understand how the stratification of taste that he measures as cultural norms is negated by the actions of autodidacts and other outsiders who do not figure in his sociological surveys.

Bourdieu only recognises individual cultural agency by young bourgeois. The suggestion in Emancipated Spectator is that emancilation like participation art only reinforce the idea that the audience are usually passive receptacles. Ranciere points out that predetermined outcomes cannot be emancipatory because for an artwork to be emancipatory the viewer has to be making judgements based on their own knowledge and experience.

The idea that individuals need to be thinking emancipatino themselves is hardly new and it is to Ranciere’s credit that he refreshes it and leads on to a set of philosophical problems about the relation between the individual and the collective. The rest of the book mainly concerns these questions. For Ranciere both conditions are co-terminus without any need for consensus.

In fact dissensus is better. Dissensus is almost our natural condition as autonomous individuals in a dynamic emancipatioon of communication about their inevitably different subject positions. Emancipation is then down to “collectivising our capacities invested in scenes of dissensus”. In chapter three he uses a phrase from Mallarme, ‘Separes est on ensemble’, to explore how we can be both individuals that think for ourselves and achieve a liberating ‘solidarity’ that doesn’t flatten our differences.

He goes on to discuss how this idea relates to our contemplations on art. He is emphatic that the sensory world of the artist is separate from that of the viewer and that there is no right way to think about art and never has been. Some of the most influential conventional writing about art has been a celebration of interpretation set free of any originally psectator, use or context.

Things that are not used for their intended purposes. This is the point at which I rranciere to feel emancipaiton analysis is unsatisfactory. Up to now my intuition and previous studies make me think he is right about equality of intelligence emancpation what follows, but the idea that the kacques of art is separate from emancipagion intention of the artist and that artistic intention cannot be at all rhetorical, if it is to be emancipatory, is more difficult.

As an artist focused on social change it is difficult to imagine the removal of intentionality from work. Or to be at all precise about how to make work that enables emancipation rather than adding to ‘stultification’.

Wall is said to use a ‘strategy of quotation without direct imitation’ and it is implied as a key to reading the whole show. I’d rather have seen it separate from being told how to look at it. I very much felt that such curatorial guidance was closing off any of my own thought. My own thoughts on seeing this work in reproduction were very different. I did not want to have this framework forced onto my first viewing of the actual print. However I suspect that Wall may have made this claim originally as much as a strategy to have his work shown as Art as something he wished to frame the work with.

Ranciere would say that any situation is readable in an emancipatory fashion if we don’t bow down to the strategies of abrutir but engage our minds in an effort to deconstruct the forces that would limit and channel our thinking. This spectato not easy to do as a lone mind, emanciparion I find it happens better in discussion with others.

Ranciere manages to jiggle my thinking but spectatod an analysis there are too many variables. Rwnciere feel there is also something missing.

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In the final chapter he considers an idea of the ‘pensive’ image. It seems related to Barthes earlier idea of the third meaning. The Pensive image provides a zone of indeterminacy in relation to which emancipatory thought is possible.

This is a more positive way of thinking but is still tentative and incomplete. What is missing is the idea that it is the exclusive selection of art that leads to particular constellations being brought to public attention. Any set of interests will be unlikely to present art that allows a critical appraisal of its own core supports to be revealed to the public.


The sets of interest that present art most widely and influentially are the state and the larger globalised commercial galleries. It is difficult for most of us to see how these interests are manifest within the particular selections of any show. It is difficult for us to see what has been left out from the totality of the field from which the selection is made.

It is often through quite subtle absences which we could never be privy to. The whole skill of the state managers of culture is to hide these formations of upper class patriarchal interest with a smokescreen of good taste and the flair that comes with having money to spend on design and presentation. For me these institutional formations are more important to the abrutir of high culture than the works of artists in themselves.

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By not attacking these institutions, and in fact relying on their patronage, as pointed out by JJ Charlesworth’s short review in Art Review when the book came out, Ranciere is doing the emancipation project a disservice. Taking our attention away from the institutionalised source of cultural oppression and directing it towards more abstract ideas of our perception of artworks. Nonetheless, the book still has a message that is inimicable to the interests of those institutions that hosted the talks that led to these very chapters if we keep in mind where he is coming from.

My final feeling is that Ranciere is a subversive hoping to, in his own words, crack open culture from the inside’? For those of us for ever on the outside; we perhaps need more of a praxis of contextually iacques micro-audiences, as well as a macro analysis of arts patronage by capital.

To see my full notes on each chapter see: Nov 09, John David rated it liked it Shelves: This is uacques far the most cogent and understandable of the essays in the collection, and it offers an interesting suggestion in rethinking the space between the actor and viewer, teacher and student, or any other relationship.

However, it struck me as the kind of idea most at home in the world of theory, one that might not be well-translated into praxis.

Some people do not want to view these graphic photographs, however that very refusal perpetuates emanciparion continues the logic of the war in the first place. I chose this because it was short enough and seemed like a suitable introduction to his body of work. The essays were interesting and provocatively argued, but sometimes they seemed less than original: Those looking spsctator ways to re-imagine issues in contemporary aesthetics will find something new here as well as penetrating discussions of the poetry of Mallarme emancipationn the films of Abbas Kiarostamibut it will unnecessarily frustrate the casual reader.

May 29, Eric Steere rated it really liked it. Ranciere takes exception to the idea of the passive spectator in the world of aesthetics. He posits a power of the spectator that is reactivated in performance he gives the example of theatre. Intelligence that constructs the performance for the spectator generates energy and thus reformulates a concept of theatre where the spectator becomes an active participant.

This paradigmatic shift is also opposed to three currents of thought on spfctator, namely modernist, post-modern, and the sublimation of the aesthetic. He criticizes them for not adequately treating what he calls the “aesthetic break”, where there is no boundary between concepts realm of art and the realm of the real.

He draws on everything from photography and painting to literature, from the fine arts to the perorming arts.