Jacques Ranciere

I begin with an idea, and then it becomes something else.

                                                                                                                           -Pablo Picasso

At the start, the article seemed beyond my comprehension and this deterred me a little. Nevertheless, I kept at it and as the words began to fly with an ever-increasing pace, so did my understanding and fascination. By the end of the reading, I had pages of notes scribbled down. The article is so thorough and complex in its perusal that it opened up a wider horizon when it came to concepts like politics, aesthetics, their inter-play, the chronological history of critical art, the role that artists have been playing in making the  unconventional art form of one era into the salient art form of the following era, and what not?

I’d like to state a few, of the many points I found interesting.

  • Example of Balzac’s Lucien de Rubempre selling  his prose and soul. “A fantastical poetry born of the abolition of borders between the ordinariness of commodities and the extraordinariness of art“–This brought down art from its proverbial pedestal and had it encompassing in itself another whole new spectrum-that of social commodities.
  • ‘dialectical work
    within things’, which renders them available to
    art and subversion by breaking the uniform course of time, by
    putting back one time in another, by changing the status
    of objects and the relationship between signs of exchange
    and the forms of art“–This, I feel aptly describes the quote we discussed in class the other day, that, the medium is the message.
  •  collage can present itself as that which brings to light the hidden link between two apparently foreign worlds“–Does this mean that the concepts of ‘collage’ and that of the later mentioned ‘mystery’ find themselves overlapping?
  • The third under the four major figures of contemporary exhibition i.e, Invitation , sums up the discussion we had the other day, on opening up a dialogue. This, like the previous art practices has evolved as a result of the changing sensibilities of community. This perpetual process of change is as inevitable in art as any other field, and we as artists, harness it instinctively. Change is our elixir.

In conclusion I’d like to quote Jorge Luis Borges,” The intention of an author is but a mistake-a fallible thing.” The story, like a piece of art, is complete only when it is rewritten each time by what its readers take away. And in that, lies its immortality.



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