By Gerald Raunig
Gerald Raunig has written another paintings background of the "long 20th century," from the Paris Commune of 1871 to the turbulent counter-globalization protests in Genoa in 2001. Meticulously relocating from the Situationists and Sergei Eisenstein to Viennese Actionism and the PublixTheatreCaravan, paintings and Revolution takes at the historical past of innovative transgressions and expectantly charts an emergence from its stories of tragic failure and unequivocal catastrophe. by means of eloquently utilising Deleuze and Guattari's concept of the "machine," Raunig extends the poststructuralist thought of revolution via to the explosive nexus of paintings and activism. As hopeful because it is incisive, paintings and Revolution encourages a brand new iteration of artists and thinkers to refuse to take part within the drained prescriptions of industry and authority and in its place create radical new equipment of engagement. Raunig develops an necessary, modern belief of political change--a perception that transcends the outdated formulations of rebellion and resistance. an excessive amount of blood and ink has been shed for the artwork machines and the progressive machines to stay separate. Gerald Raunig is a thinker and artwork theorist who lives in Vienna, Austria.
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This beneficial betrayal is composed within the transformation 124 / paintings and Revolution Raunig-Final2-MIT 7/11/07 3:54 PM web page a hundred twenty five of his place, from a person who offers the creation equipment with contents, as progressive as they are, to an engineer who adjustments the construction equipment; as Benjamin formulates it, somebody who “sees as his activity to conform this gear to the needs of the proletarian revolution. ”33 For a renewal of this call for that Benjamin poses, that of adapting the construction gear instead of offering it, it sort of feels to me that either elements are both vital. the 1st a part of the call for, to not offer the construction equipment, should be up-to-date with the aid of Deleuze’s feedback of illustration, specifically the feedback of the framework of media illustration and the functionality that intellectuals and artists perform inside this framework. the second one a part of the call for, that of adapting the construction equipment, is usually present in an extended shape in Foucault’s exhortation to express intellectuals to represent a brand new politics of fact. There are echoes of Benjamin’s figures and terminology in either Deleuze and Foucault: with Deleuze it's the topos of betrayal, with which the intelligentsia depart their type; with Foucault it's the particular highbrow as “specialist,” which Benjamin in flip took over from the terminological toolbox of the Russian productivists. opposite to Foucault’s assumption of the disappearance of the good author, or the common highbrow, ever new metamorphoses of this sort have emerged, nonetheless assuming the pose of the self sufficient artist and philosopher, yet in truth, stuck in a heteronomous subordination to constructions within which their figures satisfy definite features. opposite to this pseudo-revival of the classical bourgeois, the common highbrow, who regularly will get puzzled approximately every thing and likewise has continually anything to assert approximately every little thing, particularly at the floor level of the media and Spirit and Betrayal / one hundred twenty five Raunig-Final2-MIT 7/11/07 3:54 PM web page 126 instrumental think-tanks, today’s aspect will be to not proceed providing those media and politics with ever new contents, yet quite to refuse to provide, to fade from the equipment of the spectacle, to betray the spectacle. To a definite measure, to the level that intellectuals are fascinated with this spectacle, this additionally implies a betrayal of oneself. With Die Aktion Franz Pfemfert remained precise to this direction. His disappearance used to be not just the impression of the persecution of his marginal council-communist place, the bitterness and the mechanisms of accelerating exclusion, but in addition the final result of his radical feedback and refusal of the media spectacle, his betrayal of the bourgeois construction equipment. Going past Benjamin’s classical Marxist formula, the flow of the “betrayal of the bourgeois category” might be rephrased, following Deleuze/Parnet, because the place of a “traitor to one’s personal reign, to one’s intercourse, to one’s type, to one’s majority.