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Armen Avanessian

The Aestheticization of Research

15:30ICIChristinenstraße 18-19, Haus 8, 10119 Berlin
This essay will highlight some recent debates surrounding the invention of
aesthetics some one hundred years ago. Aesthetics' triumph during this time was not
only characterized by something that happened within the philosophical discipline
itself (at the expense of poetics), but also came to elaborate transdisciplinary
discursive strategies as they pertained to art and beyond. If for example the
emergence of the modern university, with its demand for 'originality' and
'exceptionality', is itself an invention of a romantic capitalism, what does that
then imply for recent developments of art universities and artistic research in
which those ideas have become subsumed in attitudes of equivalence and the
democratic? A better understanding of today's convergence of the academic realm and
art world as a consequential historical development might help us to reconsider
important aspects and trends of the new cognitive spirit of capitalism. As
'criticality' and 'autonomy' are themselves aesthetic ideas, results of a more
generalized aestheticization, then these categories need to be further reconsidered
in light of our contemporary distributed otherness. Peter Osborne has recently
claimed that post-conceptual art articulates a post-aesthetic poetics. Following
Peter Osborne's recent claim that post-conceptual art articulates a post-aesthetic
poetics, I would like to delineate recent debates concerning innovative ways of
visual representation, producing new narrative connections between images and

Conference: "The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism": Part 2 Thursday, Mar 7- 9

Participating contributors include:
Armen Avanessian, Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Ina Blum, Yann Moulier Boutang, Arne De Boever, Pascal Gielen, Deborah Hauptmann, Tom Holert, Sanford Kwinter, Maurizio Lazzarato, Abdul Karim Mustapha, Matteo Pasquinelli, Alexei Penzin, Sarah Rifky, John Roberts, Kerstin Stakemeier, Hito Steyerl, Liss C. Werner and Charles Wolfe.