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Body without Organs, Body without Image: Ernesto Neto's Anti-Leviathan (Undoing the Image 1)
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Eric Alliez Jean-Claude Bonne
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Body without Organs, Body without Image: Ernesto Neto's Anti-Leviathan (Undoing the Image 1)

Eric Alliez Jean-Claude Bonne Robin Mackay


9780995455023

Urbanomic Media Ltd


Theory of art


Paperback

112 pages

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A close analysis of the work of Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto reveals the fundamental stakes of a contemporary art in the process of undoing the image-form.

The first volume of Eric Alliez and Jean-Claude Bonne's major work on contemporary art begins by outlining their exploratory and speculative project: not so much to produce a new philosophy of art as to enter into a space in-between philosophy and art-between a contemporary philosophy of contemporary art and an art contemporary with contemporary philosophy.

But what exactly is the contemporary ? And how can we make ourselves, philosophically, the contemporaries of works whose problematic nature no longer sits well under the categories of the aesthetic, inherited from romanticism?

In these case-studies of an art-thought that is inseparable from the continued construction of the very concept of a contemporary art, philosophical analysis is continually displaced by the forces of works and practices of creation and reception that herald a new-processual and post-conceptual-configuration of art, with Matisse and Duchamp-Matisse-thought and Duchamp-thought-establishing a tension that, since the 1960s, has been recharged by the micropolitical options which have given rise to the critical and clinical problematisation of art.

Moving through and beyond the thought of Deleuze and Guattari, the discovery of a diagrammatic regime of the contemporary synonymous with an undoing of the image of the aesthetic regime of art begins here with the work of Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto, as a close analysis of the diagrammatic forces at work in Leviathan Thot, Neto's major 2006 intervention in the Pantheon de la republique, reveals the fundamental stakes of a contemporary art in the process of undoing the image-form.

Neto's anarchitectural denunciation takes on the (Hobbesian) metaphysical enunciation of the Leviathan-state, which his monstrous counter-installation recalls and reproblematizes by placing all of the Pantheon's physical and metaphysical coordinates into and under tension. Grappling with this foreign body both critically and clinically, Alliez and Bonne reveal how the Neto Operation engages with nothing less than the image of power in its relation to the power of the image that animates it and endows it with a discursive existence.

By:   Eric Alliez, Jean-Claude Bonne
Translated by:   Robin Mackay
Imprint:   Urbanomic Media Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 178mm, 
ISBN:   9780995455023
ISBN 10:   0995455023
Series:   Urbanomic / Art Editions
Pages:   112
Publication Date:   January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Eric Alliez is a philosopher and Professor at Universite Paris 8 and at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London. He is author of Capital Times, The Signature of the World: Or, What is Deleuze and Guattari's Philosophy?, The Brain-Eye: New Histories of Modern Painting, and Wars and Capital, with Maurizio Lazzarato (Semiotext(e)), and coeditor of The Guattari Effect, and Spheres of Action: Art and Politics (MIT Press). Jean-Claude Bonne is an art historian and Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Robin Mackay is a philosopher and director of the UK arts organization Urbanomic and is Associate Researcher at Goldsmiths University of London.

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