(Post)Modern Aesthetics on Trial: Revisiting a Century of Avant-Gardes Interview

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Aleš Erjavec Oana Serban


This interview is inspired the most important working-hypothesis presented in the volume Aesthetic Revolutions and the Twentieth-Century Avant-Garde Movements, edited by Aleš Erjavec, that questions the legitimacy of the distinction between aesthetic and artistic avant-gardes, supported by the relationship of each concept with the modern revolutionary politics. The relevance of this contrast for determining modernity both in its ideological shape and its continuity, in the terms of postmodernity will be criticized in our discussion with professor Erjavec, reflecting on the manner in which the artistic communities representative for Surrealism, Russian constructivism, Situationist International, Dadaism, Italian Futurism, 1960s American Art, as well as for Slovenian, Mexican or Romanian artistic movements of the 20th century opened the path for different democratic or totalitarian political attitudes, practices and ambitions.

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ERJAVEC, Aleš; SERBAN, Oana. (Post)Modern Aesthetics on Trial: Revisiting a Century of Avant-Gardes. Annals of the University of Bucharest - Philosophy Series, [S.l.], v. 66, n. 1, july 2017. ISSN 0068-3175. Available at: <http://annals.ub-filosofie.ro/index.php/annals/article/view/245>. Date accessed: 18 feb. 2019.