Violence & the Poetic Subject | Dr. Brad Evans | Lecture at GCAS

[Contemporary liberal societies are saturated by images and representations of violence. From twenty-four hour news coverage, the extreme torture of Hollywood blockbusters, to increasingly brutal gaming formats, the realities of violence have arguably never been so embedded in our cultural, economic and social fabric. Some might even argue that violence has become so normalized today that it is reaching the point of the banal, as its entertainment value supersedes any considered political and ethical questioning.]

Read the full lecture here | GCAS – The BLOG | Global Center for Advanced Studies

[Countering this requires more than a rigorous discussion on the ethical subject of violence. It demands an entirely new concept of the political. This brings me to a an important quote from Jacques Rancière’s recent book Figures of History, which resurrects what is an all too familiar (if unresolved) debate – to quote:

Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 9.27.16 AMSo we have to revise Adorno’s famous phrase, according to which art is impossible after Auschwitz. The reverse is true: after Auschwitz, to show Auschwitz, art is the only thing possible, because art always entails the presence of an absence; because it is the very job of art to reveal something that is invisible, through the controlled power of words and images, connected or unconnected; art alone makes the human perceptible, felt.[i]]

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