Aesthetics of Standstill

Aesthetics of Standstill

Edited by Reinhold Görling, Barbara Gronau and Ludger Schwarte

Essays consider the temporality and the aesthetics of “standstill.”

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Essays consider the temporality and the aesthetics of “standstill.”

"Standstill” could be the name for the kind of experience that is the hiatus between social expectations and real possibilities of agency. Standstill may also be the name of an aesthetic strategy to instill a nonlinear time of resistance and experience into the political protocol of progress. Finally, standstill can be the name for the temporal fissure in the midst of the subject, for the lapse between the subject of the enunciation and the subject of a statement, the limit that is the border between the inside and the outside. It can be the name for the mode of potentiality, for the moment of gesture, or, with Walter Benjamin, the medium of the dialectical image. The essays of this book traverse these dimensions of standstill as an in-between of time.

ContributorsGeorges Didi-Huberman, Reinhold Görling, Barbara Gronau, Adrian Heathfield, Erika Fischer-Lichte, Oliver Marchart, Rita McBride, Christoph Menke, Aernout Mik, Misha Kavka, David Lapoujade, Mirjam Lewandowsky, Via Lewandowsky, Peter Osborne, Christine Ross, Marcel Odenbach, Jacques Rancière, Ludger Schwarte, Martin Seel


$28.00 T ISBN: 9783956794674 312 pp. | 6.75 in x 9.5 in 42 color illus.

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Reinhold Görling

Reinhold Görling is Professor of Media Studies at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf.

Barbara Gronau

Barbara Gronau is Professor of Theory and History of the Theater at the Berlin University

Ludger Schwarte

Ludger Schwarte is Professor of Philosophy at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.