Book Launch

Modern Times : Jacques Rancière

March 29, 2017 at 20:00h @ La Bellone, Brussels

Book Launch & Music – Movement Research for One Book
With: Jacques Rancière (Paris), Leonardo Kovačević (Zagreb), Petar Milat (Zagreb), Ivana Momčilović (Brussels), Stephane Ginsburgh (Brussels)-piano, Kosta Jakić (Brussels)-piano, Dejana Sekulić (Brussels)- violin and sound research, Marta Coronado (Brussels)- movement research, Flora Bouteilla (Helsinki)- live editing, Gregoire Rousseau (Helsinki)- electricity sculptures
Organised by: Multimedijalni institut (Zagreb), Collective Eimigrative art and Edicija Jugoslavija (Belgrade/Brussels), Phd in One Night Collective (Brussels/Vis)

La Bellone (Rue de Flandre 46, 1000 Brussels)
Jacques Rancière :  Modern Times – Essays on Temporality in Art and Politics 

[168 pages, first edition by Multimedijalni institut and Edicija Jugoslavija, 2017]

The entire work of Jacques Rancière – from The Nights of Labour until more recent Béla Tarr, the Time After – can be seen as work of constant displacing and resettling various forms and constraints of time. In the beginning, it was the question of structural lack of time of those whose “work does not wait”, who needed to steal it from the night to redouble their lives as writers and poets. Rancière’s immersion in workers’ archives went in 1987 through the Ignorant Schoolmaster episode: the disruption of a linear vision of pedagogical chronometer where there is always one “before and after” (the ignorance) to whom Rancière opposed “any moment and any time” from which the learning starts and continues. It resulted later in the problematisation of procedures of construction of historical objects and meanings (The Names of History), and, around 1989, the author of On the Shores of Politics analysed proclamations of an end or a beginning of time and its political consequences. From mid 1990s, the problem of temporality will lead to a research of regimes of artistic historicities, and to an exploration of time as presented in the works of modern literature and cinema. As if writers and film-makers had much more to say about  the time than historians or philosophers.

But if Jacques Rancière is a philosopher of time, as some suggest, he is certainly not the one who puts it immediately in the relation with a “being”, nor does he care about melancholic affirmation of the finitude, popular nowadays. Time is for him always already distributed and fragmented, with shares in it too unequal and non-conform to be an object of metaphysical considerations. For Rancière temporal division has primarily always been a social division of the common sensible. Time is  thus situated out of traditional visions of divisions and separations in which future is the only promise of  decent and egalitarian present. In contrary, for the author equality starts here and now: workers strike is,  for example, one of those (im)possible constructions of the immanent common space-time sensible transformations.

Modern Times is a book in which Rancière in systemic and synthetic manner presents his general reflection on time, while also pointing towards a common time or moments of emancipation. Those are for the author resumed perfectly in the figure of a wave: between inactivity and activity, before and after there is always a common sea full of movements and moments ready to break the horizon of a predictably cemented present.

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