Doing Aesthetics with Arendt: How to See Things by Cecilia Sjöholm

By Cecilia Sjöholm

Cecilia Sjöholm reads Hannah Arendt as a thinker of the senses, grappling with questions of imaginative and prescient, listening to, and contact even in her political paintings. developing an Arendtian thought of aesthetics from the philosopher's fragmentary writings on paintings and notion, Sjöholm starts off a colourful new bankruptcy in Arendt scholarship that expands her relevance for modern philosophers.

Arendt wrote thoughtfully in regards to the position of sensibility and aesthetic judgment in political lifestyles and at the strength of artwork to complement human adventure. Sjöholm attracts a transparent line from Arendt's attention of those matters to her reflections on aesthetic encounters and artworks pointed out in her released writings and saved between her memorabilia. This smooth attempt permits Sjöholm to revisit Arendt's political recommendations of freedom, plurality, and judgment from a cultured perspective and comprise Arendt's perception into present discussions of literature, track, theater, and visible paintings. even though Arendt didn't explicitly define an aesthetics, Sjöholm's paintings substantively comprises her viewpoint into modern reckonings with radical politics and their dating to artwork.

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My italics)6 ‘Making this disappearance into . . absence . . impossible’ is the tendency underpinning all our strategies of presence, and the linearity, visuality, temporality that they imply. Perhaps we can then take Blanchot’s insight as an introduction to a shift in cognition that allows us to see originality in terms other than those of presence – to see the necessary gap or différance in any establishment of origin – to see the absence of presence with neither affirmation nor negation.

This, it seems, is the question posed by Frédéric Migayrou. For it seems somehow a lineage which opens opportunity, which disperses as it gathers; most vividly (for me) it causes us to hesitate an instant with a vision of the past at the instant that it offers insight to the future . . It’s the opening that is intoxicating: not the simple (AF)filiation. ), can be infinitely reconfigured, indefinitely: it invites, almost, at the site of its very announcement of ‘reactivity’, a creative joy: a state of lightPossibly one senses a deeper doubt (than this immanent critique): a more informed anxiety as pre-text or context to this ‘Bloc’: a malaise or difficulty of expression.

Hystera Irigaray translates not only as cave but also as womb, which here seems a suitably poignant ambiguity in our discourse on origins: a cave-womb-writing as a fluid and cyclical process: a ‘condition of origin’ as a non-physical model of différance, of the process of originality. Not so much ‘an architecture’ as a model of a possibility of architecture, but in processural rather than physical terms: architecture’s unseen or unseeing next psychology, its current differential status . . Or simply a decora(c)tive circuit which oscillates between centre and margin, between decoration and structure, tracing a displaced psychology; an endlessly displaced creative locus, and/as liquification of determinism.

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