Adorno: Commitment

10 Nov 2017

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Monthly free and open-access reading group for artists, researchers and anyone interested in the intersections between art practice and critical theory.


In ‘Commitment’ Theodor Adorno explores the possibility of political content in art through a consideration of the idea of ‘commitment’ on the part of authors, as put forward by Sartre in an essay on literature, and the political intent in the work of Bertolt Brecht.

Adorno explores problems he identifies with art that is concerned with making political messages and instead makes a defence of ‘autonomous’ art – claiming that the autonomy of art acts as a form of resistance to society in and of itself.

This text poses central questions in respect to the value of art in contemporary society and the role artists can hope to have in relation to political and social discourse, questions which seem pressing at this time when societal norms about the values and the stability of the liberal cultural consensus appear to be less stable than thought following the election of Donald Trump and Britain’s vote for Brexit.

For more information anf to download the text please visit the website. Please arrive early, doors will close when we reach maximum capacity and don’t forget to bring a hard-copy of the shared document.

[SYMPOSIUM] is a supportive community of peers who discuss and unpack their research interests. Everyone can propose a text and facilitate the reading group. Texts are selected by group consensus on the basis that they reflect on the relationship between practice and theory. This includes a broad variety of texts, from philosophy to politics and aesthetics to science fiction – there is no limitation.

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