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School of the Art Institute of Chicago
(October 7th 2014)
Panelists:
Adam Turl
Benj Gerdes
Matthew Jesse Jackson
Ruslana Lichtzier
The “death of art” has been a recurring theme within aesthetic and philosophical discourse for over two centuries. At times, this “death” has been proclaimed as an accomplished fact; at others, artists themselves have taken the “death of art” as a goal to be accomplished. We are asking contemporary academics, activists and most importantly practicing artists to address this concept and answer the question, “If avant-garde movements once declared uncompromising war on art in order to tear down the barrier between art and life, would the end or overcoming of art not similarly require that the world itself become artistic?”

Platypus London: Goldsmiths College: Intro Reading Group, Autumn 2014

Mondays 7pm, Room TBC – check facebook for details: https://www.facebook.com/groups/londonplatypus

 

Week 1 (29 Sep 2014)

 

Week 2 (6 Oct 2014)

 

Week 3 (13 Oct 2014)

 

Week 4 (20 Oct 2014)

 

Week 5 (27 Oct 2014)

 

[3 Nov 2014 – No meeting – Goldsmiths’ reading week]

 

Week 6 (10 Nov 2014)

 

Week 7 (17 Nov 2014)

 

Week 8 (24 Nov 2014)

 

Week 9 (1 Dec 2014)

 

Week 10 (8 Dec 2014)

What is the Left? What is Marxism?
Platypus primary Marxist reading group

Room 318 Student Union Building, Dalhousie University
Tuesdays 6–8PM
contact: dalhousie@platypus1917.org

required / + recommended reading

Week A. Sep. 9, 2014 | 1960s New Left: Neo-Marxism

Ÿ Martin Nicolaus, “The unknown Marx” (1968)
Ÿ Moishe Postone, “Necessity, labor, and time” (1978)

Week B. Sep. 16, 2014 | 1960s New Left: Gender and Sexuality

Ÿ Juliet Mitchell, “Women: The longest revolution” (1966)
Ÿ Clara Zetkin and Lenin, “The woman question” (1920)
Ÿ Theodor W. Adorno, “Sexual taboos and law today” (1963)
Ÿ John D’Emilio, “Capitalism and gay identity” (1983)

Week C. Sep. 23, 2014 | Frankfurt School Precursors

Ÿ Wilhelm Reich, “Ideology as material power” (1933/46)
Ÿ Siegfried Kracauer, “The mass ornament” and “Photography” (1927)

Week 1. Sep. 30, 2014 | What is the Left?  Capital in History

Ÿ Chris Cutrone, “Capital in history” (2008)
Ÿ Cutrone, “The Marxist hypothesis” (2010)

Week 2. Oct. 7, 2014 | What is the Left?  Bourgeois Society

Ÿ Immanuel Kant, “Idea for universal history from cosmo-politan point of view” and “What is Enlightenment?” (1784)
Ÿ Benjamin Constant, “The liberty of the ancients compared with that of the moderns” (1819)

Week 3. Oct. 14, 2014 | Thanksgiving break

Week 4. Oct. 21, 2014 | What is the Left?  Failure of Marxism

Ÿ Max Horkheimer, selections from Dämmerung (1926–31)

Week 5. Oct. 28, 2014 | What is the Left?  Utopia and Critique

Ÿ Leszek Kolakowski, “The concept of the Left” (1968)
Ÿ Karl Marx, To make the world philosophical (1839–41)
Ÿ Marx, For the ruthless criticism of everything existing (1843)

Week 6. Nov. 4, 2014 | What is Marxism?  Socialism

Ÿ Marx, Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts (1844)
Ÿ Marx and Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party (1848)

Week 7. Nov. 11, 2014 | What is Marxism?  Revolution in 1848 (off campus session)

ŸEngels, The tactics of social democracy (Engels's 1895 introduction to Marx, The Class Struggles in France), pp. 556–573
Marx, selections from The Class Struggles in France 1848–50 (1850), pp. 586–593
Marx, selections from The 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte (1852), pp. 594–617

Week 8. Nov. 18, 2014 | What is Marxism?  Bonapartism

+ Karl Korsch, "The Marxism of the First International" (1924)
Marx, Inaugural address to the First International (1864), pp. 512–519
Marx, selections from The Civil War in France (1871, including Engels's 1891 Introduction), pp. 618–652
+ Korsch, Introduction to Marx, Critique of the Gotha Programme (1922)
Marx, Critique of the Gotha Programme, pp. 525–541
Marx, Programme of the Parti Ouvrier (1880)

 Week 9. Nov. 25, 2015 | What is Marxism?  Political Economy

+ Commodity form chart of terms
Marx, selections from the Grundrisse (1857–61), pp. 222–226, 236–244, 247–250, 282–294
Marx, Capital Vol. I, Ch. 1 Sec. 4 "The fetishism of commodities" (1867), pp. 319–329

Week 10. Dec. 2, 2015 | What is Marxism?  Reification

• Georg Lukács, “The phenomenon of reification” (Part I of “Reification and the consciousness of the proletariat,” History and Class Consciousness, 1923)
+ Commodity form chart of terms

Winter Break

Week 11. Jan. 6, 2015 | What is Marxism?  Class Consciousness

Ÿ • Lukács, Original Preface (1922), “What is Orthodox Marxism?” (1919), “Class Consciousness” (1920), History and Class Consciousness (1923)
+ Marx, Preface to the First German Edition and Afterword to the Second German Edition(1873) of Capital (1867), pp. 294–298, 299–302

Week 12. Jan. 13, 2015 | What is Marxism?  Ends of Philosophy

Korsch, “Marxism and philosophy” (1923)
+ Marx, To make the world philosophical (from Marx's dissertation, 1839–41), pp. 9–11
+ Marx, For the ruthless criticism of everything existing (letter to Arnold Ruge, September 1843), pp. 12–15
+ Marx, "Theses on Feuerbach" (1845), pp. 143–145

Art and Politics: Frankfurt


Vorausgesetzte Lektüre

• Chris Cutrone et al., "The relevance of Critical Theory to art today" (2011)


Woche 1. Die Bedeutung von Kunst | 29. August 2014

[Artists'] work is to sustain the critical moment of aesthetic experience. [Critics' work] is to recognize it.
– Susan Buck-Morss, response to Visual culture questionnaire (1996)

• Susan Buck-Morss, Antworten zum "Visual culture questionnaire" (1996)
• Immanuel Kant, Vorwort und Einleitung zur Kritik der Urteilskraft (1790)
http://www.zeno.org/Philosophie/M/Kant%2c+Immanuel/Kritik+der+Urteilskraft


Woche 2. Moderne Ästhetik der Kunst | 5. September 2014

• G.W.F. HegelVorlesungen über die Ästhetik, Erster Abschnitt: "Einleitung" bis (inklusive) “III.3.Zweck der Kunst”


Woche 3. Kunst und Politik in unserer Epoche | 12. September 2014

Leo Trotzki, "Kunst und Revolution” (1938)
• Clement Greenberg, "Avantgarde und Kitsch(1939)


Woche 4. Revolutionäre Kunst? | 19. September

• Walter Benjamin, "Erfahrung und Armut" (1934)
• Benjamin, "Der Autor als Produzent" (1934)
• Jürgen Habermas, "Die Moderne - ein unvollendetes Projekt" (1981)


Woche 5. Kunst und Warenform | 26. September

• Stewart MartinCritique of relational aesthetics (2007)
• Stewart MartinThe absolute artwork meets the absolute commodity (2007)
• Theodor AdornoÄsthetische Theorie  (1970): Selbstverständlichkeit von Kunst verloren (S. 9 - 11), Gesellschaft (S. 334 - 389)


Platypus Frankfurt lädt zum Ferienlesekreis über "Kunst und Politik".

Ort: Studierendenhaus Bockenheim, K3
Zeit: Immer Freitags 15-18 Uhr
Erster Termin: 29.08.2014

 

 

Vorausgesetzte Lektüre:

• Chris Cutrone et al., “The relevance of Critical Theory to art today” (2011)
http://platypus1917.org/2011/01/01/the-relevance-of-critical-theory-to-art-today/#cutrone
ArtAndPolitics
Woche 1. Die Bedeutung von Kunst | 29. August 2014

• Susan Buck-Morss, Antworten zum Visual culture questionnaire (1996)
http://platypus1917.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/buckmorss_visualcultquest.pdf

• Immanuel Kant, Vorwort und Einleitung zur Kritik der Urteilskraft (1790)
http://www.zeno.org/Philosophie/M/Kant%2c+Immanuel/Kritik+der+Urteilskraft

Woche 2. Moderne Ästhetik der Kunst | 5. September 2014

• G.W.F. Hegel, Vorlesungen über die Ästhetik, Erster Abschnitt:
"Einleitung" bis (inklusive) "3. Zweck der Kunst"
http://user.uni-frankfurt.de/~tstahl/Hegel%20-%20Werke%20-%20Band%2013%20-%20Vorlesungen%20über%20die%20Ästhethik%20I%20-%20OCRed.pdf

Woche 3. Kunst und Politik in unserer Epoche | 12. September 2014

• Leon Trotzki, "Kunst und Revolution" (1938)
https://www.marxists.org/deutsch/archiv/trotzki/1939/07/kunst.htm

• Clement Greenberg, "Avant-garde and kitsch" (1939)
http://www.kunstgeschichte.tu-berlin.de/fileadmin/user_upload/ArTUs/Materialien%20SoSe%202013/Bushart/SE%20Kunst-%20und%20Arch.kritik/greenberg_avantgarde%20u%20kitsch.pdf

Woche 4. Revolutionäre Kunst? | 19. September

• Walter Benjamin, "Erfahrung und Armut" (1934)
http://www.textlog.de/benjamin-erfahrung-armut.html

• Benjamin, "Der Autor als Produzent" (1934)
http://www.texturen-online.net/methodik/benjamin/autor-als-produzent/

• Jürgen Habermas, "Die Moderne - ein unvollendest Projekt" (1981)
https://etf.univie.ac.at/fileadmin/user_upload/fak_etf/Fakultaet/Veranstaltungen/philosophisches_cafe/Text_fuer_23_05_2013.pdf

Woche 5. Kunst und Warenform | 26. September

• Stewart Martin, “Critique of relational aesthetics” (2007)
(bald verfügbar)

• Stewart Martin, “The absolute artwork meets the absolute commodity” (2007)
http://platypus1917.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/martinstewart_absoluteartworkcommodity_rp2007.pdf

• Theodor Adorno, Ästhetische Theorie (1970):
Selbstverständlichkeit von Kunst verloren (S. 9 - 11)
Gesellschaft (S. 334 - 389)
(bald verfügbar)