Undoing the Aesthetic Image – Part 1

An audio recording from the Tate Britain symposium Undoing the Aesthetic Image.

The history of art is inextricably tied up with the history of the image. Critical debates about contemporary art involve different concepts of and questions about the image. Is it possible to liberate the image from the theological shadow of the icon? Can the ‘aesthetic image’ be brought back from aestheticism to what Jacques Rancière calls ‘the political stakes of a montage of the sensible’? Or must aesthetics be thought anew in the hyper-present of contemporary art?

Undoing the Aesthetic Image – Part 2

An audio recording from the Tate Britain symposium Undoing the Aesthetic Image.

The history of art is inextricably tied up with the history of the image. Critical debates about contemporary art involve different concepts of and questions about the image. Is it possible to liberate the image from the theological shadow of the icon? Can the ‘aesthetic image’ be brought back from aestheticism to what Jacques Rancière calls ‘the political stakes of a montage of the sensible’? Or must aesthetics be thought anew in the hyper-present of contemporary art?

Undoing the Aesthetic Image – Part 3

An audio recording from the Tate Britain symposium Undoing the Aesthetic Image.

The history of art is inextricably tied up with the history of the image. Critical debates about contemporary art involve different concepts of and questions about the image. Is it possible to liberate the image from the theological shadow of the icon? Can the ‘aesthetic image’ be brought back from aestheticism to what Jacques Rancière calls ‘the political stakes of a montage of the sensible’? Or must aesthetics be thought anew in the hyper-present of contemporary art?

This conference brings together four French philosophers and art historians of the image to consider these issues:

  • Éric Alliez , Professor of Contemporary French Philosophy, Middlesex University; author of La Pensée-Matisse (with Jean-Claude Bonne, 2005) and L’Oeil-Cerveau: Nouvelles Histoires de la Peinture Moderne (2007)
  • Elisabeth Lebovici, art historian and art critic; author of Louise Bourgeois (Tate Modern/Centre Pompidou,2007), Zoe Leonard (Steidl & Partners, 2007), and Agnes Thurnauer (Monografik, 2008); co-author (with Catherine Gonnard) of Femmes/artistes, artistes/femmes, Paris de 1880 à nos jours (Hazan, Paris, 2007).
  • Georges Didi-Huberman, Professor of Art History, EHESS, Paris; author of L’image survivante (2002) and La ressemblance par contact (2008)
  • Jacques Rancière, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Paris-VIII; author of The Future of the Image (2003; trans. 2007) and The Politics of Aesthetics (2000; trans. 2004)