Aesthetic Authonomy and Interdisciplinarity: A response to Nicolas Bourriaud's 'Relational aesthetics' Ross, Toni Christine en_US 2021-11-25T15:34:40Z 2021-11-25T15:34:40Z 2006 en_US
dc.description.abstract Nicolas Bourriaud's concept of 'relational aesthetics' has proved an influential framework for understanding discipline cross overs in art of the 1990s. This paper traces precedents in aesthetic philosophy, both Kantian and Marxist that inform Bourriaud's account of the relational aesthetic of contemporary art. In the process it registers a number of points of disagreement with the liberal view of democratic social bonds, and the links between aesthetics, ethics and politics that Borriaud propounds. The critical terms of my response to relational aesthetics are derived from a Neo-Marxist thinking of democracy, and the relation between aesthetics and politics developed by philosopher Jacques Rancière. This questioning of Bourriaud's claims about the democratic incline of relational aesthetics is fleshed out by an examination of the cross disciplinary art of Mark Dion. Dion is known for producing performative, site-specific events and installations that incorporate the discourses and professional protocols of natural science and archaeology. Bourriaud situates Dion's practice within a sub-set of relational aesthetics, namely art production that is modelled on the professional procedures of non-art disciplines, and which emulates the "relational world" that such disciplines suppose. While acknowledging some affinities between Dion's art and relational aesthetics, this paper draws a distinction between the kinds of social and disciplinary interaction that Bourriaud endorses, and the role that the aesthetic plays in Dion's archaeological dig projects of the late 1990s. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1470-2029 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
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dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other Neo-conceptual en_US
dc.subject.other Relational Aesthetics en_US
dc.subject.other aesthetic philosophy en_US
dc.subject.other Mark Dion en_US
dc.title Aesthetic Authonomy and Interdisciplinarity: A response to Nicolas Bourriaud's 'Relational aesthetics' en_US
dc.type Journal Article en
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unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofjournal Journal of Visual Art Practice en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Ross, Toni Christine, Art History & Art Education, College of Fine Arts, UNSW en_US School of Education *
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