Sergei Tret’iakov | Art in the Revolution and the Revolution in Art (Aesthetic Consumption and Production)

  Tret’iakov published the following essay in the Proletkul’t journal Gorn [The Forge] during a period of close collaboration with the mass organization’s Moscow group, where he held leading positions in both its theatrical and literary divisions. The text explores a variant of Lef production art that has been reconjugated using the theories of one of Proletkul’t’s founders, the scientist, author, and cultural theoretician Aleksandr Bogdanov. Even though Bogdanov had been forced from the political stage by the early 1920s and consequently could not be mentioned by name in Tret’iakov’s “Art in the Revolution,” the 1923 essay is nevertheless Bogdanovite…

Jean-Marc Lachaud, Olivier Neveux | Arts and Revolution. On Some Theoretical and Practical Elements

  It would be wrong to consider constructing a fully established aesthetic theory from a reading of the few pages that Karl Marx dedicates to artistic and literary creation. In L’Idéologie allemande, while countering an idealist approach, Marx affirms that a work of art needs to be analyzed in its context of production and reception. Nevertheless, in Grundrisse, while resisting a simplistic reflection theory, he stresses the unique character of artistic and literary products. Observing that his contemporaries can still be moved by the masterpieces of ancient Greek art, he also admits that they evidence “inequalities between the evolution of art in general…

Walter Benjamin | The Author as Producer

    II s’agit de gagner les intellectuels “la classe ouvriere, en leur faisant prendre conscience de l’identité de leurs de-marches spirituelles et de leurs conditions de producteur. – Ramon Fernandez   You recall how Plato treats the poets in his projected State. In the interest of the community, he does not allow them to live there. He had a high idea of the power of poetry. But he considered it destructive, superfluous – in a perfect community, needless to say. Since then, the question of the poet’s right to exist has not often been stated with the same insistence;…