The avant garde as exform

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Redhead, L. 2018. The avant garde as exform. Tempo. 72 (286), pp. 7-16. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0040298218000311
AuthorsRedhead, L.
Abstract

Peter Bürger’s critique of the historical avant garde accounts for its ineffectual nature as a political movement because of its relationship with institions. He argues for hermeneutics to be employed as a critique of ideology, and as a facet of the understanding of the ‘historicity of aesthetic categories’. The influence of institutions on music since 1968 has served as a central part of its critique: the work concept itself seems to enshrine political ineffectiveness and the bourgeois nature of art practice that ought to be critiqued by an avant-garde. In contrast, Bourriaud’s concept of the ‘exform’ re-conceives the avant-garde as outside of institutions and an idea of ‘progress’ that is aligned with a dominant capitalist ideology. He frames the task of the avant-garde artist as giving energy to ‘waste’, outside of political and ideological institutions. This type of avant-garde practice functions to ‘bring precarity to mind: to keep the notion alive that intervention in the world is possible.’

This article explores the exform with respect to the work of the British composer Chris Newman and the Swiss composer Annette Schmucki, and considers how Bourriaud’s approach to re-thinking the avant-garde might apply specifically to contemporary and experimental music in the present.

Year2018
JournalTempo
Journal citation72 (286), pp. 7-16
PublisherCambridge University Press
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/S0040298218000311
Related URLhttps://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/tempo
Publication dates
Online06 Sep 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited19 Jun 2018
Accepted25 May 2018
Accepted author manuscript
Output statusPublished
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