In The Future of the Image, Jacques Rancière develops a fascinating new concept of the image in contemporary art, showing how art and politics have. “Like all of Jacques Rancière’s texts, The Future of the Image is vertiginously precise.”—Les Cahiers du Cinema “Ranciere’s writings offer one of the few. In The Future of the Image, Jacques Rancière develops a fascinating new concept of the image in contemporary art, showing how art and politics have always.

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This one has a strong delineation of the representative and aesthetic regimes of art, a remarkable reading of what an image actually is, discussions jacquea the relationship between language and the image, and particularly wonderful – a reading of what it means to represent the unrepresentable, which suggests that horrific events like the Holocaust actually are representable, what form that representation might umage, and why making claims about u Ranciere is as ever compelling in Future of the Image.

But besides the elliptical prose, he’s really just a rationalist. Denishas devoted con- siderable energy in recent years to analyzing and interpreting art and its effects.

These ideas can be approached in a number of ways within the classroom. His dismissal of Lyotard is amazing: Although I might prefer to explain some details differently and have different emphases, this is one of the best books I have read on the theories of modern art, and full of interesting and provocative ideas. Return ftuure Book Page.

The Future of the Image by Jacques Rancière

Verso, ; pp. I’m not sure I buy into the possibility of anti-representative art, but I do find this useful in terms of his thoughts on regimes of representation and the use of the image in creating knowledge and meaning. One could introduce this notion of a poetic representation across the history of art to beginning students. Well this could be an interesting discourse in the 50’s. The essay “The Surface of Design” is a philosophical account of the kinds of relationships and translations that the flat surface of the page in modernist design “affords.


With this in mind, one can base projects on conceptual goals derived from the text while leaving the issue of medium open to exploration.

Jan 28, Ken Sparling marked it as to-read. Clearly written and argued, cleanly translated and neatly packaged, this is a book of five essays and lectures that fit together as a discussion of the changing “regimes” of art, the interplay of art and politics and the the ways in which we view different media and forms of art. Feb 24, Saxon rated it liked it Shelves: I do find the discussion of the intersection of the verbal and the visual provocative, but I know I am missing much of the argument.

This example makes plain the aim of the dialectical montage as a strategy, to make a direct visual connection between two distinct worlds.

This can produce concrete examples of the reception of images across media, and the effect of each technique in conveying broad conceptual goals. Christopher Delamater rated it it was amazing Sep 25, This is just a sad book. Maja Solar rated it really liked it Aug 26, Dec 03, Wang Han rated it really liked it. With the exception of some passages in the first chapter, Godard is one of the few living artists to be discussed substantially and those referenced are mostly from the modernist canon: No doubt it is better than I understand it to be.

Another possibility is basing an assignment on the translation of a specific image using a variety of techniques and approaches, again demonstrating the effect of various media on the reception of an image while also opening up space for the demonstration of a variety of techniques of image production.


In other words, a specific regime may have had its origins in a particular era, but it is by no means fixed only to that time.

The Future of the Image

The no- tion of art and its relationship to the perception of the possible in our larger society indeed deserves attention, critical debate, and tne. Next, there is the community contained in the concept of sign, such as it functions here.

I think this is what Aristotle would sound like if he were French and wrote today. There are signs ‘among us’. May 14, Colin rated it did not like it.

By sentence-image I intend the combination of two functions that are to be defined aesthetically—that is, by the way in which they undo the representative relationship between text and image” Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

He will often outline A, B and C. I felt, maybe naively, that Ranciere was saying a whole lot that already seems pretty obvious, only in a really obscure, convoluted way.

Nothing about it struck me as particularly exigent, although the last chapter is a pretty solid examination of the mythologeme of “anti-representational” art. Thus, the nature of continental philosophy books published by Verso. Of course, this makes it exactly like the principles it rails against. And if one wished to have more Prench, there’s Althusser, Barthes and the deliciously complex simplicity of worthwhile theory