Aesthetics & Alienation Paperback – 29 Jun 2012
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About the Author
Gary Tedman was born in London in 1958. He studied Fine Art at the University of Portsmouth and took an MA in Cultural History at the Royal College of Art, London, 1988. He has published a number of essays and articles, notably in Rethinking Marxism journal and Political Affairs.
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A new approach to an ancient problem
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I found this book easy to read despite dealing with the traditionally complex philosophical issue of aesthetics. It proposes and largely proves the existence of an extra level in society alongside the economic, political and ideological in the form of the "aesthetic level"; based on Marx's "artistic" construction and content of his famous 1844 Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts, on Althusser's concept of Ideological State Apparatuses, on Freud's notion of the emotions and Walter Benjamin's theory of The Author (or artist) as Producer. This is a level of human sentience and feeling, important in determining and emotionally cementing the other social levels. The role of human sensuality, a materialist aesthetic, therefore underpins politics and economics too. According to the author this role is omitted from many theoretical disciplines and most importantly from the theory of the left, i.e. there is no materialist theory to determine aesthetics, feelings, sensuality and therefore choices in lifestyle, culture, ideology, politics, so missing the necessity for a potent social arts policy and its political and ideological importance. According to the author this has many negative repercussions in socialist social policy, he explains how in a chapter on Soviet Avant Garde art. It opened my eyes to a different universe I knew was there and have been dreaming of but could not quite put into words. A bit like Freud talking about things people were once burnt for, "telepathy" "predictions" and "dreams" and showing they were all just part of material nature named the human psyche. Maybe this book has the potential to set everyone right in a different way. So simply understood but so true, you know it's been there all the time but just didn't see it. Quite potent!