By James Hellings
If the development towards the administered global is nearing of completion, if spectacularised societies, industrialised cultures, and reified realization have taken keep an eye on, then, Adorno and Art exhibits how radical and progressive Adorno’s aesthetic thought of art’s double personality continues to be, and the way advanced, innovative and oppositional, kinds of artwork supply, might be, the easiest wish for overcoming broken life.
The caricatures of Adorno, his politics and his aesthetics, are popular blunders of judgement—widely repeated either by means of the academy and through the Left. Adorno’s aesthetics has been accused of failing to maintain speed with revolutionary inventive practices and for being socio-politically aloof. regardless of the endurance of those caricatures, this publication indicates how major photographs and topics in Adorno’s concept stay proper to the present state of affairs of artwork, aesthetics and politics.
The Adorno on convey during this quantity used to be no bourgeois mandarin, no boastful aesthete, no esoteric mystic, no depression pessimist, and no educational specialist holed up within the proverbial ivory tower.
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3 Excursus II – The Prevalence of a View: ‘Don’t participate:’1 The Politics of Social Praxis The Academic Life. Frankfurt. Theodor W. ’ After the distribution of a leaflet entitled ‘ADORNO ALS INSTITUTION IST TOT,’ [Adorno as institution is dead] three young revolutionary females from the ‘Basisgruppe Soziologie’ circled around Professor Adorno, at first waving their bouquets of flowers, then kissing him, exposing their breasts, and confronting him with erotic pantomime. Professor Adorno, who had called the police last semester when 76 student radicals occupied his Institute for Social Research, tried to protect himself with his briefcase, and then left the lecture hall.
Art] practice is difficult because it is a stand-in for an absent politics, a placeholder for it, and hence it is always and necessarily less practical, less ‘political’ than the reason and praxis it is exemplifying. To politicize art is to employ the rationality it refuses 28 Adorno and Art: Aesthetic Theory Contra Critical Theory for the sake of the rationality it enjoins. ) Only by eschewing an immediate assimilation of art to politics, however, can the true significance of art for politics be comprehended.
The type of new art Adorno favoured refused to serve the narrow interests or satisfy the reigning needs of homo oeconomicus. 67 Fine art must be free art in a double sense: it must be free in the sense of not being a mercenary occupation and hence a kind of labor, whose magnitude can be judged, exacted, or paid for according to a determinate standard; but fine art must also be free in the sense that, though the mind is occupying itself, yet it feels satisfied and aroused (independently of any pay) without looking to some other purpose.
Adorno and Art: Aesthetic Theory Contra Critical Theory by James Hellings