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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In the grip of this, he writes, ‘The individual breaks the boundary of his skin and occupies the other side of his senses. Curator-authors Rosalind Krauss and Yve-Alain Bois wish to redefine the boundaries of modernism and put that redefinition to use in a shake-up of the art world that will “redeal modernism’s cards.

Formless: A User’s Guide – Yve-Alain Bois, Rosalind E. Krauss – Google Books

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: Base Materialism, Horizontality, Pulse, Entropy.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. They chart its persistence within a history of modernism that has always repressed it in the interest of privileging Yve-Alain Bois and Rosalind E.

The manner in which this science might actually operate to perform a non-dialectical subversion in, say, a work of art, is not really discussed. Art, according to this [mainstream modernist] view, is a sublimatory [thus repressive] activity that separates the perceiver from his or her body It can be bloody, excremental and disgusting, but not in the manner of artists such as Nitsche or Beuys.

To do justice to both Bataille and Artaud, our invocations of Derrida and Freud cannot tell the whole story with respect to the intentions, if not the accomplishments, of these famously “outrageous” poet-thinkers.

They chart its persistence within a history of modernism that has always repressed it in the interest of privileging formal mastery, and they assess its destiny within current artistic production. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

Gestalt To help us understand the relation between issues pertaining to form and formlessness, repression and its return, Krauss invokes, in an essay flrmless “Gestalt,” the venerable but still useful “mirror stage” of Jacques Lacan, the period in the child’s development when it begins to recognize itself in its mirror image, as a Gestalt, i.

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Mar 16, Egor Sofronov rated it it was amazing. Well, this does not add to our understanding of Botticelli, but provides amusing reading and serves Pynchon’s point nicely. In his essay, “Dialectic,” Bois kruass the Hegelian dialectic from Bataille’s notion of “scission.

Formless: A User’s Guide

Log in No account? And this is certainly one of the keys to the interest our authors take in Bataille. Let us now focus our attention on the word: The destruction of difference, the work here of the matrix figure, is the destruction of form.

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In delirium, I seek multiplicity, subtlety and the eye of reason, not rash prophecies. If any “energies” or “force fields” are put into play in these works, they are strictly conceptual, not “material. What really interests Krauss about the Smithson piece, however, is not the logic of the carefully deployed mirrors—which she never discusses—but the tired thematics of the mirror as simulacrum, the metaphysics of which she dwells on for the remainder of the essay.

A simple but nevertheless telling example of secondary elaboration can be found on the front jacket of the book under review, a reproduction of a detail from Alberto Burri’s Combustione Plastica, one of the works presented in the Pompidou exhibition. Heterology is restricted to taking up again, consciously and resolutely, this terminal process which up until now has been seen as the abortion and the shame of human thought.

Problem is, it does not add to our understanding of neither Bataille, nor, for example, Andy Warhol. 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. The first, that of Jackson Pollock, is a surprising choice, given the strong link between his work and the “idealized,” aestheticised materialism of Clement Greenberg. 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.


Alexis rated it liked it Aug 21, Marc rated it really liked it Jul 31, Entropy Entropy, according to the second law of thermodynamics, is what leads all matter and energy inevitably into an increasing state of disorder. It is anachronistic, it is puzzling, sometimes quite enjoyable.

Pulse While not a term widely employed by Bataille, pulse is here used both to “attack the cormless exclusion of temporality from the visual field” [32] and assert the importance, for the informe, of the “repetition compulsion” so fundamentally associated with Freud’s theory of the “death drive. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

You say tour de force, I say insane, hilarious, seditious. It throws down the gauntlet in terms of innovative form and the boundless possibilities of thought. Leyla El rated it really liked it Jul 04, Assuming that the semiotic rhythms of Kristeva’s chora “produce the speaking subject” and then “put in place both the stability of form and the fullness of meaning,” Krauss declares such ideas incompatible with the anarchic “work of the formless.

What is clearly intended as an example of formlese formless “put to use” can quite easily be seen formlezs as a crouching, black-haired, faceless figure with an elongated head, knees just below the chin, with a right arm extended downward to both encircle the legs and clasp a left arm at the elbow. Krauds compares this condition to that reported by schizophrenics who feel themselves dispossessed and even devoured by the space around them.

There are some compelling exceptions. Diana rated it really liked it Nov 04, And, in turn, these works themselves have been put to use by the authors, in an effort to demonstrate the operationality fkrmless the informe. Showing of 3 reviews.