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Art Power Boris Groys

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    Xyxy Othodovцитирует3 года назад
    The creations of a heroic race can be observed and admired in the monuments produced by the bodies that belong to that race. The ultimate artwork, however, is the viewer whom the heroic politics makes into a member of the heroic race. The true art of politics is, for Hitler, the art of the continuous production of heroic bodies
    Xyxy Othodovцитирует3 года назад
    racial breeding that were supposed to produce a heroic race remained pure theory in the end
    Xyxy Othodovцитирует3 года назад
    Hitler by no means understood an artwork to be a passive depiction of the hero. For him, and in this respect he is a child of modernity, the artist is a hero. The act of artistic creation is in itself an active, heroic act, no matter whether it is the creation of an artwork or the creation of a State.
    Xyxy Othodovцитирует3 года назад
    And in the competition among losers that modern culture has offered us, Hitler was exceptionally, if inadvertently, successful.
    Xyxy Othodovцитирует3 года назад
    According to the standard offi cial defi nition, Socialist Realist artwork must be “realistic in form and Socialist in content.”
    Xyxy Othodovцитирует3 года назад
    Hitler anticipated ultimate aesthetic recognition. This archaeological perception of his own present linked Hitler with a sensibility widely held in his day. The question of how their own present would eventually be seen in the historical perspective moved many writers and artists of modernity.
    Xyxy Othodovцитирует3 года назад
    Hitler did not believe that humanity was composed entirely of a single race, since there were substantial factual differences in the judgments of taste made by different people. Consequently, he presumed that humanity was composed of different races, and thus people have different tastes because they belong to different races.
    Xyxy Othodovцитирует3 года назад
    These images are the icons of the contemporary political theology that dominates our collective imagination. These images draw their power, their persuasiveness from a very effective form of moral blackmail.
    Xyxy Othodovцитирует3 года назад
    The heroic act transforms the hero’s body from a medium into a message.
    Xyxy Othodovцитирует3 года назад
    Hitler should be seen as a product of radical modernity, because he no longer believed that culture could be “spiritually” handed down across time.
    Since the death of God, in Hitler’s view, the spirit of culture, the spirit of tradition, and hence any possible cultural meaning or signifi cance had become fi nite and mortal. The eternity of which Hitler spoke is thus not a spiritual eternity but a material one
    Xyxy Othodovцитирует3 года назад
    Hitler, an artwork is good only if it achieves perfection in its response to a specifi c, very concrete, present-day challenge—and not when it presents itself as an example of a universal
    Xyxy Othodovцитирует3 года назад
    But how can someone—artist or viewer—come into possession of such an inherent taste that both joins and binds if all taste is dependent on its time? That was the central question of Hitler’s art theory, and his answer to this question was race.
    Xyxy Othodovцитирует3 года назад
    For race theory transposes the whole analysis from the level of discourse to the level of the body. In Hitler’s view, the artwork is not a statement but a body that is derived from another body, namely, the body of the artist. The appreciation of art is, therefore, an effect of direct contact between two bodies: the body of the artwork and the body of the viewer
    Xyxy Othodovцитирует3 года назад
    Hence the production of art with eternal value was the ultimate task of politics if politics hoped to pass the crucial test—the test of eternity. The concept of eternity was thus the core of Hitler’s refl ections on heroic art—on art as a heroic act. The heroic was nothing other than a willingness to live for eternal fame and to exist in eternity.
    Xyxy Othodovцитирует3 года назад
    First of all, Hitler never spoke of eternity in the sense of the immortality of the individual soul. The eternity of which Hitler spoke was a post-Christian one, a thoroughly modern one in that it was a purely material, corporeal eternity—an eternity of ruins, of the relics left behind by any civilization once it has gone under
    Xyxy Othodovцитирует3 года назад
    Thus Hitler understood the eternal value of art as the impression that art makes on a future observer. And it was this gaze of the future observer that Hitler sought to please fi rst and foremost
    Xyxy Othodovцитирует3 года назад
    Hitler’s view, unheroic “modern” art can never acquire this eternal value because it does not manifest a heroic determination on the level of the artist’s body, but instead tries to support itself on a theory, on a discourse, on notions of international style and fashion. Consequently, modern art betrays and fails its higher mission, since theory, discourse, and criticism are superfi cial phenomena characteristic only of the age that tends to neglect and conceal the body
    Xyxy Othodovцитирует3 года назад
    Hitler used the same arguments to move the members of his own party to sacrifi ce their immediate political goals in order to create art that would have eternal value, asking them: “Can we allow ourselves to sacrifi ce for art at a time when there is so much poverty, want, misery, and despair everywhere around us?”4 The answer, of course, is “Yes, we can and should”—and therefore Hitler denounced the lack of appreciation for art by those members of the National Socialist Party who were not willing to mobilize the means and forces of the Third Reich
    Xyxy Othodovцитирует3 года назад
    Making the body the message requires above all an arena, a stage—or, alternatively, it requires modern reporting, a public created by the media.
    Xyxy Othodovцитирует3 года назад
    National Socialism and Hitler, of course, had an answer for such questions: race. As Hitler said:
    When defending its existence, every race operates from the powers and values that are naturally given to it.
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