Visual cultures as seriousness

Butt, Gavin and Rogoff, Irit (2013) Visual cultures as seriousness. Visual cultures as . Sternberg Press, Berlin. ISBN 9783943365399

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Abstract

The contemporary art world has become more inhospitable to 'serious' intellectual activity in recent years. Critical discourse has been increasingly instrumentalized in the service of neoliberal art markets and institutions, and artists are pressurized by the demands of popularity and funding bodies. Set against this context, Gavin Butt and Irit Rogoff raise the question of 'seriousness' in art and culture. What is seriousness exactly, and where does it reside? Is it a desirable value in contemporary culture? Or is it bound up with elite class and institutional cultures? Butt and Rogoff reflect on such questions through historical and theoretical lenses, and explore whether or not it might be possible to pursue knowledge and value in contemporary culture without recourse to high-brow gravitas. Can certain art forms--such as performance art--suggest ways in which we might be intelligent without being serious? And can one be serious in the art world without returning to established assumptions about the high-mindedness of the public intellectual?

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: N Fine Arts
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N0061 Theory. Philosophy. Aesthetics of the visual arts
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater > PN2100 History > PN2131 By period > PN2181 Modern > PN2193 Special topics, A-Z > PN2193.E86 Experimental theatre
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Depositing User: Gavin Butt
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2016 08:36
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2016 08:36
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/64865
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