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Artistic strategies of engagement: hampering neo-liberal silencing of dissensus art

Book Contribution - Chapter

Contemporary political thought explains that we are living in a post-political society, in which all differences are re-appropriated and subsumed by the service of capitalist productivity and the reign of consumption. In the politics, this circumstance is reflected through the blurring of borders between the centre-right and the centre-left that precludes any possible alternative to neoliberalism. In the arts, as Chantal Mouffe has suggested, it is reflected through the blurring of differences between 'art and advertising', that diminishes the space for art to subvert dominant forms of representation aligned with the demands of capital. It is under these present predicaments that all artistic forms of dissensus became subsumed in the modern and postmodern teleology of consolidation under historical evolution and, thus, deprived from their inherently political aspect. In other words, understanding image, sculpture, film, dance or performance as materialised forms of different discourses, we may say that the post-political condition tends to silence or suppress different and destabilizing discourses into the indistinct sphere of neoliberalism by appropriating them. However, despite the failure of art to destabilize and rearticulate neoliberal consensus politics and norms of representation, the political, or rather critical potential of art to contest the power of capitalism did not disappear.
Book: Disappearing Things
Number of pages: 1
Publication year:2014