Aesthetic Revolution, the Staging of (‘
Homosexual’) Equality and Contemporary Art
This paper discusses the aesthetic staging of same-sex equality in contemporary art in relation to Jacques Rancière’s engagement with the fields of contemporary art, aesthetics and art history, and the ‘wrong’ of domination. It uses Rancière’s ideas of disagreement and disidentification to deal with the problematic categorization of same-sex identification. Rancière shows that art viewed from within the contemporary aesthetic regime must be made in the name of the anonym, the name of anyone and everyone. Rancière illuminates the staging of equality with regard to the egalitarian aesthetics of photography, the political disturbance of the uncanny, and the contradictory torsion between the autonomy of art and the heteronomy of life. The paradox of the aesthetic revolution is that art is radically political not according to the ways it conveys messages concerning issues or identities, but as it frames an indifferent convivium: the liberty and equality of a common aesthetic.
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