Council Aestheticism? Pannekoek, the Avant-Garde and Contemporary Art

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Focusing on the Marxist theorist Anton Pannekoek, this article left communist impulses in 20th and 21st century aesthetic practice. The point of departure is Pannekoek’s theory of revolutionary mass action – centred around the general strike – and its aesthetic as well as political implications and repercussions. The text then proceeds to discuss the workers’ council as the nucleus of socialist self-organization and the avant-garde’s use and indeed fetishization of that concepts, and ends with a more speculative section on the potential contemporary relevance of Pannekoek’s writings on epistemology, the history of science, and evolution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-197
Number of pages25
JournalStudi di estetica
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

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Studi di estetica, anno XLVI, IV serie, 3/2018


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