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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For Bois, the “mainstream” modernism dormless traditional art history— essentially, the modernism of Clement Greenberg, “had to justify its existence as the search for its own essence. As Bois readily admits, entropy was not a part of Bataille’s working vocabulary. In delirium, I seek multiplicity, subtlety and the eye of reason, not rash prophecies.

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. Problem is, it does not add to our understanding of neither Bataille, nor, for example, Andy Warhol.

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 formles his own procedure, which he names ‘theoretical heterology. Personally I do not regret that I bought it, but I can imagine people who would be disappointed.

The Destiny of the Informe. Yve-Alain Bois and Rosalind E. Brown’s Life Against Death, the collected writings of John Cage and beyond, to take its place as a major theme of postmodernism. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.


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Base Materialism, Horizontality, Pulse, Entropy. Zone Books August 25, Language: Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Bois and Krauss have chosen to concern themselves with a topic of the greatest interest, importance, relevance and even timeliness: Michael Graf rated it it was amazing Sep 07, Jan 17, Lauren Klotz rated it it was amazing.

To say that the universe is informe is to say that it makes no sense and thus that it should be crushed like a spider or expectorated like mucous. As we have seen, this is the way Beyond the Pleasure Principle would recast the propositions of “The Uncanny,” in terms of the life and death of the organism, and speak of the trauma as a blow that penetrates the protective armor of consciousness, piercing its outer shield, wounding it by this effect of stabbing, of the punctumthe tuche.

Silvia rated it really liked it Aug 17, Feb 07, Michael Braithwaite rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Get to Know Us. B rated it it was amazing Feb 19, Metaphor, figure, theme, morphology, meaning–everything that resembles something, everything that is gathered into the unity of a concept–that is what the informe operation crushes, sets aside with an irreverent wink: You say tour de force, I say insane, hilarious, seditious.

Opposing the Oppositions of Dialectics To begin with the introduction, I must observe that Bois, in seeking to “declare null and void” the characteristically modernist opposition, form vs.

But this is an issue fraught with difficulties, as our authors are at pains to demonstrate, because there would seem to be two very different ways of approaching such a loss, such a descent: If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Or rather they produce the low, the base, as having always already been part of the high, as the stain it carries within it.


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But the need to actively pursue certain laws of operation, and the problematic “logic” behind such laws, seems to have eluded them. Log in No account?

Compulsive Beauty October Books. The informe is the unassimilable waste that Bataille would shortly designate as the very object of heterology.

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Disappointingly, most of the art chosen by Bois and Krauss for the purpose of actively putting the informe “to use” seems to lack much in kdauss way of energy and is, in fact, strangely passive. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids.

Lou rated it really liked it Apr 28, Beverly rated it really liked it Feb 17, You really cannot krausss any better than Bois and Krauss on this subject, even if at some points of this book you wonder whether even they fully understand what Bataille was talking about. The Optical Unconscious October Books.

Lists with This Book. It’s definition is everything thing that it is NOT, to the point that the formless seems to in fact be nothing other than a vague impression of the potentiality for some sort of subversion or declassification