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If—as Gilles Deleuze once remarked—being leftist means to orient oneself towards the future, to think a little further ahead, this is in a general sense also where the leftist political project intersects with art. Art can be defined as that which is not yet identified by culture at large, not yet known or purposeful. This doesn’t mean that art is inherently leftist, only that art is not a thing or a product, that it isn’t something stable and known. Thus the political left also lets its own project down when it forgets that it is in fact aligned with art in the struggle against capital’s colonisation of the future. The aesthetic experience is an overlooked precondition for comprehending social conflict.

When art addresses the future in speculative and skeptical ways, it refuses nostalgia and hope as sentimental compensations for an uncertain future. Perhaps one can incorporate disillusion into a politics of undoing that urges us to hear the unheard-of with our own ears, to touch the un-apprehended with our own hands.

-Lars Bang Larsen


Written by secondcousin

February 22, 2013 at 2:05 AM

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    • Freedom is costly, but you don’t buy it with gold or blood, but with cowardice, prostitution, and betrayal.

      The only maxim of contemporary art is not to be ‘Western’, which also means that it should not be democratic, if democratic signifies complying with the Western idea of political liberty.


      February 23, 2013 at 4:46 PM

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