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dc.contributor.author Dixon, Deborah Phyllis
dc.date.accessioned 2010-12-03T15:06:51Z
dc.date.available 2010-12-03T15:06:51Z
dc.date.issued 2009-10-01
dc.identifier.citation Dixon , D P 2009 , ' Creating the Semi-Living: On Politics, Aesthetics and the More-than-Human ' Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers , vol 34 , no. 4 , pp. 411-425 . , 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2009.00354.x , 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2009.00354.x en
dc.identifier.other PURE: 154638
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/5975
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/5975
dc.description Dixon, D.P. (2009). Creating the semi-living: on politics, aesthetics and the more-than-human. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 34(4), 411-425. Sponsorship: British Academy Small Research Grant SG-46099 en
dc.description.abstract Though geographers have remarked on the aesthetic and political character of a technoscientific biology, there has been an accompanying tendency, following disciplinary trends and social theory more broadly, to read these as being separate issues at the analytic as well as substantive level. Whereas the former becomes read as a matter of artistic practice and appreciation, or visual appraisal, the latter is considered to be the exercise of power through discipline and regulation. Here, I draw upon Rancière’s The Politics of Aesthetics (2007, Continuum, London) to make a stronger claim for the role of the aesthetic, wherein a political regime is understood to be comprised of a ‘distribution of the sensible’ that orders what can be seen and what can be said about it, that determines who has the ability to see and to speak, that organises the properties of spaces and the possibilities of time, and that locates the identity of the quick and the dead within a grid of intelligibility. Political struggle is necessarily aesthetic insofar as it is an attempt to reconfigure the place not only of particular groups, but also the social order within which they are embedded. For Rancière, artistic practices are but particular ways of making and doing; they can have a distinctly political function, however, in the way that they reorder the relations among spaces and times, subjects and objects. To animate this discussion I draw on examples from critical BioArt that address the more-than-human world of Semi-Living Objects. From overt manifesto to ironic commentary, the practices, understandings and artefacts that comprise BioArt work to challenge the political, economic, cultural and ethical contexts within which a modern-day technoscientific biology operates. en
dc.format.extent 15 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers en
dc.title Creating the Semi-Living: On Politics, Aesthetics and the More-than-Human en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-5661.2009.00354.x
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences en
dc.contributor.institution New Political Geographies en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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