Adorno, Brecht and Debord: Three Models for Resisting the Capitalist Art System

  • Gene Ray
Keywords: Critical art, Adorno, Brecht, Debord

Abstract

The article presents three models of radical cultural practice: Adorno’s dissonant modernism, Brecht’s “functional transformation” or “re-functioning” of institutions through estrangement and dialectical realism, and Debord’s Situationist détournement of art, aiming to rupture and decolonize naturalized everyday life. The three models all begin with a critical appropriation of the traditions of art and aims at resisting the social power that passes through art, as an institutionalized field of production and activity. Each of the three modes establishes a set of productive strategies.
Published
2014-06-21
How to Cite
Ray, G. (2014). Adorno, Brecht and Debord: Three Models for Resisting the Capitalist Art System. The Nordic Journal of Aesthetics, 23(44-45). https://doi.org/10.7146/nja.v23i44-45.8182
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Articles