Formless has ratings and 11 reviews. Martin said: Actually, it’s by Bois and Rosalind E. Krauss. Modern art reassessed thru Bataille. The book borrow. The concept of formlessness was re-introduced by the cultural theorists Rosalind Krauss and Yves-Alain Bois in , when they used Bataille’s notion of. Formless: A User’s Guide, [excerpt]. A User’s Guide to Entropy*. ROSALIND KRAUSS. X MARKS THE SPOT. Sometime in Bruce Nauman made a plaster.
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And it is the inevitable waste of the meaning system, the stuff that is no longer recyclable by the great processes of assimilation, whether intellectual as in science or philosophy or social as in the operations of the statethat Bataille wants to explore by means of his own procedure, which he names ‘theoretical heterology.
Victor Grauer Other Voices, v. But it is very difficult to see how the subheadings fit under their categories. Robert Morris earnestly cuts a huge bolt of felt according to some simple scheme and then hangs it from a wall, where the strands deploy according to gravitational laws nature’s own horizontality.
Robert Smithson goes to a great deal of trouble and expense to dump tons of kfauss on a hill—the real “work” of the piece is then accomplished, over time, by nature entropy. Showing kkrauss 3 reviews. Oddly, neither Krauss nor Bois seem particularly interested in the radical illogic of either expenditure or general economics—ideas far more challenging and dynamic than entropy, a topic already done to death years ago based on a “scientific law” which can all too easily lead one to equate formlessness with some sort of “return to nature.
Bataille’s double proposition is thus not contradictory, the ‘something like’ not referring to a resemblance but to an operation; the spit or the crushed spider are not themes even though it is evident that Bataille chose them as examples because, besides their character as reject, they escape from geometry, the idea, morphology.
I think in Thomas Pynchon’s krause there is a passage where two thugs planning to steal Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” from the Uffizi go to the museum and stare at the painting. But man has repressed this token of his animalistic history by insisting on standing upright and striving, always, for that which is “high.
Modern art reassessed thru Bataille. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t kraus a Kindle? For base materialism, nature produces only unique monsters It can be “abject” Bataille put this term to usebut not in the currently “fashionable” manner now associated with Julia Kristeva.
For Bois, the “mainstream” modernism of traditional art history— essentially, the modernism of Clement Greenberg, “had to justify its existence as the search for its own essence. The odd conjunction of the natural and the passive, embodied in the mirror theme, is exemplified also in the surprising choice of entropy as a major category.
Base Materialism, Horizontality, Pulse, Entropy. Books by Yve-Alain Bois. Well, this does not add to our understanding of Botticelli, but provides amusing reading and serves Pynchon’s point nicely.
formlesx Alexis rated it liked it Aug 21, We see very little if anything in this book of the usual PoMo vocabulary: In a statement that might have been aimed directly at Bataille’s notions of liberatory eroticism, Freud contends that “the belief in the omnipotence of thought, the unshaken confidence in the capacity to dominate the world Marc rated it really liked it Jul 31, And this in turn suggests that what is at issue is the question of boundary or contour, which is to say, of the distinction between figure and ground.
Pulse While not a term widely employed by Bataille, pulse is here used both to “attack the modernist exclusion of temporality from the visual field”  and assert the importance, for the informe, of the “repetition compulsion” so fundamentally associated with Freud’s theory of the “death drive. Inspired by his essay “The Use Value of de Sade,” Krauss and Bois are interested in putting Bataille himself “to use” in “shaking” the art world by krwuss the return of its own long-repressed, long-denied “other.
But again, the move from the theoretical to the all important operational is desultory. Coming to this question after hearing the repeated dreams of trauma victims, Freud began to theorize the structure through which a patient is doomed to the compulsive repetition of an event, particularly an event which, far from being pleasurable, is an extreme source of anxiety and terror.
Sonia rated it it was amazing Oct 21, Entropy, Expenditure and the Subject On Trial The odd conjunction of the natural and the passive, embodied in the mirror theme, is exemplified also in the surprising choice of kraues as a major category.
Formless: A User’s Guide: Yve-Alain Bois, Rosalind E. Krauss: : Books
formlesx If a metaphor always refers to a proper name, restricting in advance the field of its transpositions, scatological deconstruction of this sublimating process is produced by contact with an untransposable unspeakable: Entropy, according to the second law of thermodynamics, is what leads all matter formlesx energy inevitably into an increasing state of disorder. The joke, which is a good one, is that all the subheadings are organized alphabetically, with no regard for the boundaries of the categories under which they are listed.
Curator-authors Rosalind Krauss and Yve-Alain Bois wish to redefine the boundaries of modernism and put that redefinition to use in a shake-up of the art world that will “redeal modernism’s cards. She wants to associate the breakup of the figure-ground distinction with the formless, but is all too aware of the importance this breakup has had for that very Greenbergian modernism she is so eager to reject.
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Selected, in all likelihood, as a reflection of the authors’ interest in the work and writings of Smithson for whom it is all importantit creates some serious problems in the context of a discussion centering on Bataille. As Freud makes clear, the basic principles of animism remain in the modern world “as the foundation of our language, our belief, our philosophy. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. A User’s Guide, Bois and Krauss present a rich and compelling panorama of the formless.
Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Another related aspect of the problem can be seen in Freud’s treatment, in Totem and Taboo, of the process he calls “secondary elaboration”: Responding to the four “foundational postulates” of modernism summarized above are four basic “categories” of the formless: Indispensable text for rethinking modernism and the avant-garde.
Heterology puts in an appearance in Bois’ essay on Base Materialism as well, but again it is the purely formleess aspect that gets most of the attention. Jan 14, Colby rated it really liked it. Leyla El rated it really liked it Jul 04, Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Because, whether or not the feminine subject is actually at stake in a given work, it is the character of being wounded, victimized, traumatized, marginalized, that is seen as what is at play within this domain.