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On obliteration : an interview with Françoise Armengaud concerning the work of Sacha Sosno

Author: Emmanuel LévinasFrançoise ArmengaudRichard CohenJohannes BennkeDieter MerschAll authors
Publisher: Zürich : Diaphanes, [2019] ©2019
Series: Think art (Zurich, Switzerland)
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Emmanuel Levinas defines obliteration as a central concept with which to think about art. The interview with Françoise Armengaud is one of Levinas' rare statements focusing on the fine arts. Levinas has become influential in various disciplines through his ethics, which he thinks decisively from the face of the other. Yet his reflections on aesthetics are rarely engaged with, and when questions are asked about the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Sacha Sosno; Sacha Sosno
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Emmanuel Lévinas; Françoise Armengaud; Richard Cohen; Johannes Bennke; Dieter Mersch; Brian Alkire; Sacha Sosno
ISBN: 9783035801446 3035801444
OCLC Number: 1107210812
Description: 80 pages : 25 black and white illustrations ; 20 cm.
Series Title: Think art (Zurich, Switzerland)
Responsibility: Emmanuel Levinas ; translated by Richard Cohen ; with a foreword by Johannes Bennke ; with an epilogue by Dieter Mersch ; translated by Brian Alkire.

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Emmanuel Levinas defines obliteration as a central concept with which to think about art. The interview with Françoise Armengaud is one of Levinas' rare statements focusing on the fine arts. Levinas has become influential in various disciplines through his ethics, which he thinks decisively from the face of the other. Yet his reflections on aesthetics are rarely engaged with, and when questions are asked about the face in art--and thus about the interrelationship of ethics and aesthetics--the main focus has been on his comments on literature. In this interview Levinas talks about the work of the French sculptor Sacha Sosno, and the complex relationship between ethics and aesthetics becomes no longer aligned with the face and language, but with iconic thinking and artistic operations and practices. Levinas understands obliteration as an 'unavailable,' an uncanny, disruptive concept. In doing so, he turns away from the "ease and lighthearted casualness of the beautiful" and to the processes of material wear and tear and the traces of their repair. He affirms these for their creative potential in developing a uniqueness of presence.The interview is supplemented by photographs by André Villers of Sosno's works, a foreword by Johannes Bennke and an epilogue by Dieter Mersch.

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