Marcuse’s The Aesthetic Dimension: A Performative Symposium on Art and Politics
Thursday, October 27th, 9pm-11pm
4017 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3513
As part of our continual effort to investigate the interactions between art, philosophy, and politics, the Machete Group hosts a presentation/conversation on Marcuse’s The Aesthetic Dimension: Toward a Critique of Marxist Aesthetics (1978) as part of our series, “Prisms of the Possible.” The goal of this symposium is to stage an aesthetic and theoretical constellation through which we collectively test and explore – with all those in attendance – the performative power of theory. Each of the three short presentations by Avi Alpert, Alexi Kukuljevic and Gabriel Rockhill will function as individual prisms to refract Marcuse’s work and open up possibilities for its use and interpretation – as we struggle with ideas, thoughts and images that speak to our present condition.
As this will be a participatory and interactive symposium, attendees are encouraged to review Marcuse’s The Aesthetic Dimension in order to take part in a dynamic public exchange. The text is available here.