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Showing posts from April, 2015

Research Diary 27/4

When I set up this blog (terrifyingly, nearly six years ago), I was pretty determined it was never going to be a 'personal' outlet, but as objective and scholarly as it could be in being a reflective space for my teaching, research and wider thinking.

I'd like to slightly relax that rule for the next two months or so, in order to map - in a more personally expressive way, I suppose - the process of research. There's a couple of reasons for that. Firstly, things are going to be so hectic that although I'm ploughing through Lefebvre's Production of Space for my theory blogging, there won't exactly be much time for anything else. Secondly, as I explain below, I think I've got two quite different (interestingly different) projects ahead of me, with their own difficulties and challenges. Thirdly, and most fundamentally, I don't actually think the research process of academics gets much exposure: although I get to see plenty of end-products, I miss the pa…

Five Notes on Jacques Rancière

Theory! At the beginning of the year, I decided my pet project for 2015 would be to revisit literary/critical/cultural theory: and conveniently enough, I'll be reworking our Critical Theory module down in Exeter's Cornwall Campus for the next academic year. This - Jacques Rancière's 2011 book Aisthesis: Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art - is the third text I've tackled this year, although it's been slow going through the back end of term. However, that's all over now, so here it is. A long post, because it's a long and massively multi-layered text.

1. Sensible Regimes. I'd read a bit of Rancière before, and what I remember from that is the notion of regimes of the sensible. In essence, these are the conditions of perception which shape a certain mode of experience - in this case, the mode of experience called aisthesis, in which things are experienced as art:
entirely material conditions - performance and exhibition spaces, forms of circulation an…