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Social practice: fo(u)r shades of grey

Hellings, J. ORCID: (2012) Social practice: fo(u)r shades of grey. In: The Magic City (Presented as part of Liverpool Biennial). Liverpool Biennal 2012 / Birmingham City University, pp. 26-27. ISBN 9781906753313

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Four lines of text, shaded in different tones, reveal four perspectives on the relation between art, aesthetics, and politics: 1) Claire Bishop's account of social practice, 2) Theodor W. Adorno's aesthetic theory, 3) Jacques Rancière's theory of the (emancipated) spectator and, 4) excerpts from the 'bestseller' erotic romance novel, Fifty Shades of Grey (2011). The essay is performative. In case you disbelieve in aesthetic cultivation, distrust value judgements, and deny consciousness-raising through art - an aesthetic experience achieved through non-participation and disengagement - I give you erotic romance, at the same time as I give you 'critical' voices on the question of art's relation to culture and society.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Art > Fine Art
Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Art > Art History
ID Code:114043
Publisher:Liverpool Biennal 2012 / Birmingham City University

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