The State of Things

`The State of Things´: In What Time Do We Live?


This inaugural lecture by Jacques Rancière held on 1 June 2011 at the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti in Venice officially opened the programme 'The State of Things', commissioned by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway and organised by its director, Marta Kuzma and OCA's associate curator, Pablo Lafuente, together with Peter Osborne, director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University in London.

In What Time Do We Live?, Rancière argues about the state of things as always a state of time. Issues of domination and emancipation are encapsulated in some basic questions: in what time do we live? To what form of historical evolution does our present belong? What futures does it open? From this point of view, this paper will analyse the paradigms of temporality that ground the dominant descriptions of our present, and the ways in which political action and artistic invention can reframe and disrupt them.

Camera: Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti / Venice
Editor: Antonio Cataldo