Christoph Brunner
Towards a Relational Realism? On the Politics and Aesthetics of Collectivity
30 January 2016
One might think that the question of relation, has been a thing of the past. In the art world the critical analysis to Nicolas Bourriaud's publication Relational Aesthetics (1998) gained much attention and success for quite a long time. Despite its title, neither Bourriaud's book nor its critics profoundly examine this concept as a philosophical term. Departing from Relational Aesthetics and moving towards activist art practices this lecture investigates relation as an aesthetic and political concept. In "relational realism" relations become the very stuff and texture of which experience is made. From here we might want to ask, how do relations relate, meaning; how do they form collectives that are always more-than-human?
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