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Willy Thayer

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823286744

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823286744.001.0001

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Crisis and Avant-Garde

Crisis and Avant-Garde

7 Crisis and Avant-Garde
Technologies of Critique

Willy Thayer

, John Kraniauskas
Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on the avant-garde and how it is a question of performatively exceeding the form of the world, its relations of production, appropriation and expropriation. It describes the historical interface that makes opinions possible, and whose conflict and multiplication confirm the world that nourishes its form. No given form should interfere with new matter. The chapter points out that avant-garde does not propose the production of new vignettes within the same form, but rather the production of a new form whose vignettes are formally incompossible with the old form. It emphasizes that if the avant-garde event were to take place, then the rhetorics of the debacle, the cut, of rupture, revolution, change, of the incursion into unknown territories would be interrupted because the subject itself would become desubjectivized.

Keywords:   avant-garde, opinions, vignettes, desubjectivized, rhetorics, performative excess

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