Speculation in a Sense: Aesthetics and Real Abstraction

Vishmidt, Marina. 2019. Speculation in a Sense: Aesthetics and Real Abstraction. In: Gean Moreno, ed. In the Mind, but Not from There: Real Abstraction and Contemporary Art. London, New York: Verso. ISBN 9781788730693 [Book Section]

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In an era dominated by technologies of automation and virtualization, this essay will examine the financial logic of abstract risk as a key dynamic in the valorization of capital. Further, I will consider how abstract risk also emerges through in art as one node of valorization on this digitalized plane. Both instances subsume labor to value, and result in confusion between being a commodity and having a commodity. The question then could be: what antagonisms recur in such a valorization schema—which Marx discussed in the ironic terms of the “automatic subject” of value—and how may they be extended?

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art, value, Marx, labour, critical theory, financialization

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


July 2018Accepted
July 2019Published

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08 Jan 2021 15:48

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28 Jul 2021 15:43



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