For Jacques Ranciere, politics is not primarily the exercise or struggle for power but the institution of a certain type of space and time, a mode of visibility and intelligibility that creates a tear in the consensual fabric of a given form of collective life. Art institutes just such a space and time, in which the fundamental polarities of experience - activity and passivity, form and matter, appearance and reality - are suspended and transformed. The essays collected in this slim volume consider the knot formed in Ranciere's work between aesthetics, politics and education. Of particular importance to set the stage are the first 30 pages or so where Ranciere is interviewed by Frank Ruda and Jan Voelker: here he explicates at length his approach and proposed theoretical application. The essays that follow engage Ranciere's work so as to demand that its implications be granted the impetus for an aesthetic revolution beyond and within the pedagogical domain of social institutions.
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