Ines Kleesattel
Rancière’s political theory of art

Ines Kleesattel (Vienna)
Rancière’s political theory of art – and a critical commentary from Adorno’s perspective

For Jacques Rancière, art and aesthetics are fundamentally linked with emancipator politics. The lecture illustrates how Rancière – contrary to the current prominence of activism and claims of criticality in the field of art – locates the politics of art in aesthetic autonomy and “uncertainty”. At the same time, Rancière’s arguments are confronted with Adorno’s aesthetic theory. This anticipates central points of Rancière’s art theory, but also highlights a problematic gap in it from its position as a more critically oriented work aesthetic.

Ines Kleesattel studied philosophy, fine arts and art education. She teaches art philosophy and aesthetics at various universities in Vienna and Zurich. As a freelance art critic she writes, among others, for springerin and Texte zur Kunst; and in 2011 she received the Austrian Junior Art Critics Award. This summer she submitted her dissertation at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. It was entitled Das offene Kunstwerk als politisches. Verhältnisbestimmung mit Jacques Rancière und Theodor W. Adorno (The open artwork as a political relationship definition with Jacques Rancière and Theodor W. Adorno).