Can we speak of Communist Aesthetics? Cover Image

Est-ce qu’on peut parler d’une esthétique du communisme ?
Can we speak of Communist Aesthetics?

Author(s): Alexandru Matei
Subject(s): Cultural history
Published by: Fundatia Culturala Echinox
Keywords: Romania; communism; Nicolae Ceausescu; aesthetics; modern art; Jacques Rancière.

Summary/Abstract: The paper grows out of a personal experience of Romanian’s communist political regime during the last years of Ceausescu, including the last hours of his reign and the passage to a new political regime. This experience is above all affective and my paper aims to focus on it through some concepts: the “distribution of the sensible” (Jacques Rancière) as dimension of each political and cultural regime, and the “historical feeling” as the way to measure the transformation from a certain radical modern history, of progress and human rationalization, to a low profile history, the democratic and capitalist one, wherein the aesthetic category of sublime is no longer possible and no sacred power sticks anymore to our consciousness.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 19
  • Page Range: 112-119
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: French