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Attuning to What? The Uncanny Revival of the Aestheticization of Politics

dc.contributor.editorBösel, Bernd
dc.contributor.editorWiemer, Serjoscha
dc.creatorFuchs, Mathias
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-10T14:41:47Z
dc.date.available2020-11-10T14:41:47Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.description.abstractOne of the key notions posited in Brian Massumi’s “Keywords for Affect,” a supplement to The Power at the End of the Economy, is “affective politics.” Massumi establishes a close connection between affect, aesthetics, politics and the body, stating: “Aesthetic politics brings the collectivity of shared events to the fore” and he continues to say that this is a “multiple bodily, potential for what might come.” The problem German readers will encounter with these lines is that whenever “body,” “com- munity,” and “future” (Körper, Gemeinschaft, Zukunft) are mentioned in one sentence, they’ll immediately be reminded of what Leni Riefenstahl demonstrated with her film Triumph des Willens (1935), the infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany. Memories of the dark side of an aestheticization of political phenomena are roused. Many 1930s German directors, writers and painters were in line with Riefenstahl in being apologetic of the regime, often not explicitly, but via an atmospheric side by side with the ones in power. The underlying ideology of Riefenstahl’s films, related texts, paintings and movies was what Walter Benjamin warned us of when he said: “Such is the aestheticizing of politics, as practiced by fascism. Communism replies by politicizing art.” This article tries to relate Massumi’s concept of attunement and affective politics to earlier speculations about “affective attunement” and to put into a historic context the attempts to replace rationality with bodily intensities.en
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.25969/mediarep/14991
dc.identifier.urihttps://mediarep.org/handle/doc/15980
dc.languageeng
dc.publishermeson
dc.publisher.placeLüneburg
dc.relation.isPartOfisbn:978-3-95796-166-2
dc.relation.isPartOfdoi:https://doi.org/10.25969/mediarep/14986
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/
dc.subjectAffektde
dc.subjectÄsthetikde
dc.subjectPolitikde
dc.subject.ddcddc:302.23
dc.subject.personWalter Benjamin
dc.subject.personBrian Massumi
dc.titleAttuning to What? The Uncanny Revival of the Aestheticization of Politicsen
dc.typebookPart
dc.type.statuspublishedVersion
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local.coverpage2021-05-29T01:08:34
local.identifier.firstpublishedhttps://doi.org/10.14619/1655
local.source.booktitleAffective Transformations: Politics-Algorithms-Media
local.source.epage210
local.source.spage201
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local.subject.gndhttps://d-nb.info/gnd/118509039
local.subject.wikidatahttps://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q912704
local.subject.wikidatahttps://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q61078

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