Epistemologien des Ästhetischen
Elisabeth Bronfen (ed.), Christiane Frey (ed.), David Martyn (ed.)
Noch einmal anders
After all, the history of modern and contemporary art can be read as the progressive inclusion of a growing part of the formless into apparatuses.
In the post-avant-garde era we’re all either in the vanguard or asleep in the lap of capital. In this sense everybody
is avant-garde—or nobody.
In the late nineteenth century Alfred Jarry created a prototype of the modern wannabe in his pot-bellied Père Ubu, a figure that raises entitlement to a high art. Ubu doesn’t want to be king; others urge him to it. But he is also the others. And when he does become king, CEO, or US president, he doesn’t know what it means, or if it means anything at all. He just states his claim. And so he shimmies from statement to power. And having obtained power, Ubu decerebrates the world, exposing the grounds for groundlessness, to paraphrase Ortega y Gasset. Ubu is a tautomaniac, that is, he can be explained in his own terms and is thus always in the right (being in the right is all he is). He needs no proof, but on the contrary wants “to turn the absurd into the highest power of thought” (Deleuze & Guattari)....