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On the Unpower of Art

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Patrick Vauday emphasizes the differences that exist between current conditions and the situation of art throughout history. How should the adverb ‘still’ be interpreted in the question ‘What power does art still have?’ Does it suggest that the power of art is exhausted, or, on the contrary, does it suggest renewed hope? Rather than speaking of the eternal essence of art, he prefers to observe that art is always in context. But if art is always of its time, it is also against its time. It is untimely, it brings a ‘supplement’, as Deleuze has emphasized. It is both the emanation of its age and what the age cannot contain. It is the inscription of the visible that existed but was unseen.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 2010

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