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Art and Multitude

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Art and Multitude by Antonio Negri
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Nine letters on art, written to friends from exile in France in the 1980s. Starting from earlier materialist approaches to art, Negri relates artistic production to the structures of social production characteristic of each historical era. This enables him to define the nature of both material and artistic production in the era of post-modernity and post-Fordism - the era Negri characterizes as that of immaterial labour. Negri then seeks to define artistic beauty in this new era, and this he does in terms of concepts that have become fundamental to his thinking - singularity, multitude, abstraction, collective work, event, the biopolitical, the common. Art is living labour, and therefore invention of singularity, of singular figures and objects. But this expressive act only achieves beauty when the signs and language through which it expresses itself turn themselves into community, when they are contained within a common project. The beautiful is not the act of imagining, but an imagination that has become action. Art, in this sense, is multitude.

Author Biography

Antonio Negri, Formerly Professor of State Theory, Padua University Translated by Ed Emery
Release date NZ
March 4th, 2011
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Polity Press
Pages
224
Dimensions
131x197x8
ISBN-13
9780745649009
Product ID
6294042

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