In the Flow

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In the early twentieth century, art and its institutions came under critique from a new democratic and egalitarian spirit.

The notion of works of art as sacred objects was decried and subsequently they would be understood merely as things. This meant an attack on realism, as well as on the traditional preservative mission of the museum. Acclaimed art theorist Boris Groys argues this led to the development of “direct realism”: an art that would not produce objects, but practices (from performance art to relational aesthetics) that would not survive. But for more than a century now, every advance in this direction has been quickly followed by new means of preserving art’s distinction.

In this major new work, Groys charts the paradoxes produced by this tension, and explores art in the age of the thingless medium, the Internet. Groys claims that if the techniques of mechanical reproduction gave us objects without aura, digital production generates aura without objects, transforming all its materials into vanishing markers of the transitory present.

Publisher: Verso Books, published 2017
Author: Boris Groys
Dimensions: Weight 231 gr. 201 x 130 x 15 mm.
Language: English
Format: Booklet
Number of pages: 208
ISBN: 9781784783518


Boris Groys is Professor of Aesthetics, Art History and Media Theory at the Center for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe, and, since 2005, the Global Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Science, NYU. He has published numerous books, including On the New, Introduction to Antiphilosophy, The Total Art of Stalinism, and The Communist Postscript.