The Wrong of Contemporary Art: Aesthetics and Political Indeterminacy

Malik, Suhail and Phillips, Andrea. 2011. The Wrong of Contemporary Art: Aesthetics and Political Indeterminacy. In: Paul Bowman and Richard Stamp, eds. Reading Rancière: Critical Dissensus. London: Continuum, pp. 111-128. ISBN 978 1 4411 9037 6 [Book Section]

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This article proposes that Ranciere offers an accurate account of contemporary art’s self-understanding of its politicality, explaining his widespread appreciation and influence by the sector. For this reason the critique of Ranciere’s notion of politics and the demonstration of its deliberate disavowal of specific political determination allow for a systemic argument against contemporary art’s critical ambitions as in any way politically adequate.

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Contributors include: Jacques Ranciere, Rey Chow, Olivier Marchant, Jodi Dean, Ben Highmore, Martin McQuillan.

The article followed from a paper with Andrea Phillips accepted for the Society for European Philosophy/Forum for European Philosophy Anuual Conference, University of Dundee, 2008


aesthetics, contemporary art, politics, met-politics, indeterminacy, post-structuralism, dissensus

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12 Jun 2012 20:00

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29 Apr 2020 15:34


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