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Are there any writings about anarchist/anti-capitalist resistence and aesthetics?

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asked Sep 26, 2012 by anonymous

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I'm not totally sure what you are looking for -- if you are interested in "aesthetics" as a philosophical topic I am not the right person to ask -- but  quite a lot of art theory is implicitly about resistance in one way or another, although it's hard to tell at first because in a lot of venues it would be considered kinda gauche to say outright that you are an anarchist or you are working on destroying capitalism, or something.  

I would love to have a conversation about this but it's hard to know where to start since the way you've posed it the question is pretty vague. For now, here is a very haphazard and very incomplete list of things I like and see as being related to this.

Websites that frequently have writing about art and anti-capitalist politics

http://thenewinquiry.com/ and especially http://thenewinquiry.com/blogs/s-a-o-b/the-noonday-shadow/

Here is a really good (as in smart/interesting) review of the book Artificial Hells, which I just started: http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/ghosts-participation-past

This is an essay by Deleuze that I quite like: http://www.parenthetic.org/minorliterature.pdf

This is an essay by Agamben on Debord's films: http://www.totuusradio.fi/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Giorgio-Agamben-difference_and_repetition_on.pdf

A few books that a lot of people seem to think are important are:

-Relational Aesthetics by Nicolas Bourriaud (one good thing about this book is that it is short)
-anything by Jacques Ranciere; I especially like Staging the People and The Emancipated Spectator
-Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord!
answered Sep 26, 2012 by asker (9,280 points)
edited Oct 21, 2012 by asker
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Couple books come to mind here:

Weir, David. Anarchy and Culture: The Aesthetic Politics of Modernism.

Shantz, Jeff. A Creative Passion: Anarchism and Culture.

I'm interested to know if this is something you're working on, and if so, in what context or area?
answered Oct 11, 2012 by dashe (1,020 points)