Re: aesthetic theory

From: Adam Trowbridge (email suppressed)
Date: Sun May 06 2007 - 12:35:24 PDT

I took Liam's question as a request from an artist interested in
aesthetics as action not as a subject to talk around. I think
Bernard's suggestions would make for interesting reading but not at
the expense of trying to control the conversation by devaluing Jack's

On May 6, 2007, at 1:02 PM, Bernard Roddy wrote:

> Jack Sargent mentions several excellent writers, but for aesthetics?

For aesthetics? Deleuze's Nietzsche and Philosophy Yes. Yes! YES!

It is probably the finest book someone interested in producing art
can read.

p 102
'Nietzsche has a tragic conception of art. It rests on two principles
which must be understood as ancient ones, but also as principles of
the future. Firstly, art is the opposite of a "disinterested"
operation: it does not heal, calm, sublimate or pay off, it does not
"suspend" desire, instinct or will. On the contrary, art is a
"stimulant of the will to power","something that excites willing".
The criticial sense of this is obvious: it exposes every reactive
conception of art.'


Adam Trowbridge
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