The Center for Theoretical Inquiry in the Humanities presents:
“The Inside View: Aesthetics of the Gesamtkunstwerk”
Friday, April 11, 2014
Oak Room, Indiana Memorial Union
Boris Groys (Aesthetics and Media Theory, University of Arts & Design, Karlsruhe; Global Distinguished Professor, New York University) is among the most renowned theorists of art and media working today. He made his mark with his pioneering study The Total Art of Stalinism: Avant-Garde, Aesthetic Dictatorship, and Beyond (1992), which prompted a thorough re-evaluation of the relationship of modernism and socialist realism. He has followed suit with a large number of publications on a vast range of topics in aesthetics, philosophy, and art history. Among his books published in English are Ilya Kabakov: The Man Who Flew into Space from his Apartment (2006), Art Power (2008), The Communist Postscript (2010), and Introduction to Anti-Philosophy (2012). He currently holds the position of Global Distinguished Professor at New York University.
Abstract: The history of modern and contemporary art is a series of attempts to undermine the position of the spectator as an independent outsider and to integrate the spectator inside the artwork. But how one can speak about the style of such a Gesamtkunstwerk that allows only insider’s perspective? Here one can speak of the “universal style” that is at the same time “negative style” – the style that emerges as a result of the collapse of all the particular styles.
Groys will also hold a seminar the following morning, Saturday, April 12, from 10 – 11:30 am, in the Distinguished Alumni Room of the IMU.
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