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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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Entropy Entropy, according to the second law of thermodynamics, is what leads all matter and energy inevitably into an increasing state of disorder. Base Materialism, Horizontality, Pulse, Entropy. For her, this particular movement from differentiation to non-differentiation calls to mind “the photographs from [the surrealist formlesz Minotaure of insects so perfectly imitating the patterns of their habitats as to vanish completely into the uniformity of one continuous texture.

If this is so, he reasoned, it is because the event was one that the subject both witnessed and was absent from; which is to say that it happened to a subject who was, peculiarly, not there. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you krausss to read. In the domain of practice, they analyze it as an operational tool, the structural cunning of which has repeatedly been suppressed in the service of a thematics of art. Indispensable text for rethinking modernism and the avant-garde. As they might put it: Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

Responding to the four “foundational postulates” of modernism summarized above are four basic “categories” of the formless: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

But the value of “real value” is no longer what it used to be. Well, this does not add to our understanding of Botticelli, but provides amusing reading and serves Pynchon’s point nicely.

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There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Something similar happens with “Formless”: Sarah rated it it was amazing Nov 26, Jan 17, Lauren Klotz rated it it was amazing. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? For Bois, the “mainstream” modernism of traditional art history— essentially, the modernism of Clement Greenberg, “had to justify its existence as the search for its own essence.

And it is the inevitable waste of the meaning system, the stuff that is no longer recyclable by the great processes of assimilation, whether intellectual as in science or philosophy or social as in the operations of the statethat Bataille wants to explore by means of his own procedure, which he names ‘theoretical heterology.


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For Bataille, the materialism of the philosophers—even the dialectical materialism of Marx and his followers—is still too dependent on “an obsession with an ideal form of matter. He tries to look at himself from any point whatever of space. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

Moreover, each main category is also a subcategory, either of itself or another category. It’s definition is everything thing that it is NOT, to the point that the formless seems to in fact be nothing other than a vague impression of the potentiality for some sort of subversion or declassification And this in turn suggests that what is at issue is the question of boundary or contour, which is to say, of the distinction between figure and ground.

For Bois, this law is strongly linked with “Bataille’s fascination with rot and waste, with the decomposition of everything. While it would be naive to assume that either our authors or Bataille himself are krauuss of the difficulty, it nevertheless persists, formlless an ever-recurring question as to exactly what it is that endows the informe with the efficacy claimed for it, the mysterious power to overcome all such oppositions.

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: Michael Graf rated it it was amazing Sep 07, Metaphor, kfauss, theme, morphology, meaning–everything that resembles something, everything that is gathered into the unity of a concept–that is what the informe operation crushes, sets aside with an irreverent wink: If the authors worked on this some fifteen years, they must have had a lot of fun.

The book “Formless” provides an equally provocative reading of Bataille projected against some Modern and Postmodern artifacts, which the French thinker never really saw.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. This dream may be illusory on its face; but this is something that must be demonstrated nonetheless–which is to say that one must ‘exit the domain of the project by means of a project. 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 krausss from Alberto Burri’s Formlesw Plastica, one of the works presented in the Pompidou exhibition.


Zone Books August 25, Language: Silvia rated it really liked it Aug 17, Krauss continues with more predictable readings of certain floor-oriented works by Robert Morris, followed by a discussion of what may be the most apt examples of any in the book Andy Warhol’s spectacular “Oxidation Paintings,” produced formlexs literally placing canvasses on the floor and pissing on them.

Because, whether or not the feminine subject is actually at foormless in a given work, it is the character of being wounded, victimized, traumatized, marginalized, that is seen as what is at play within this domain. Sonia rated it it was amazing Oct 21, Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Jan 14, Colby rated it really liked it. Lou rated it really liked it Apr 28, Robert Smithson goes to a great deal of trouble and expense to dump tons of dirt on a hill—the real “work” of the piece is formlless accomplished, over time, by nature entropy.

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.

Associated freely forjless the Surrealists, playing around with the fascists, Gnostics, psychoanalysis and eroticism, he managed to create a highly explosive cultural blend which proves influential in our times, like a real time-bomb should.

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The Optical Unconscious October Books. Formlees 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.

The odd conjunction of the natural and the passive, embodied in the mirror theme, is exemplified also in the surprising choice of entropy as a major category. Let us now focus our attention on the word: