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Dark Matter: A Guide to Alexander Kluge & Oskar Negt

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BIC Subject: Deconstructionism, Structuralism, Post-structuralism
Published By: Bloomsbury
 
Published: 03-Nov-2020
Format: Paperback, 352 pages, 0x0mm
ISBN: 9781788735179
Stock Code: 8735179
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Collaborators for more than four decades, lawyer, author, filmmaker, and multimedia artist Alexander Kluge and social philosopher Oskar Negt are an exceptional duo in the history of Critical Theory precisely because their respective disciplines operate so differently. Dark Matter argues that what makes their contributions to the Frankfurt School so remarkable is how they think together in spite of these differences. Kluge and Negt' s gravitational thinkin balances not only the abstractions of theory with the concreteness of the aesthetic, but also their allegiances to Frankfurt School mentors with their fascination for other German, French, and Anglo-American thinkers distinctly outside the Frankfurt tradition.
At the core of all their adventures in gravitational thinking is a profound sense that the catastrophic conditions of modern life are not humankin' s unalterable fate. In opposition to modernit' s disastrous state of affairs, Kluge and Negt regard the huge mass of dark matter throughout the universe as the lodestar for thinking together with others, for dark matter is that absolute guarantee that happier alternatives to our calamitous world are possible. As illustrated throughout Langsto' s study, dark matte' s promis - its critical orientation out of catastrophic modernit - finds its expression, above all, in Klug' s multimedia aesthetic.
Collaborators for more than four decades, lawyer, author, filmmaker, and multimedia artist Alexander Kluge and social philosopher Oskar Negt are an exceptional duo in the history of Critical Theory precisely because their respective disciplines operate so differently. Dark Matter argues that what makes their contributions to the Frankfurt School so remarkable is how they think together in spite of these differences. Kluge and Negt' s gravitational thinkin balances not only the abstractions of theory with the concreteness of the aesthetic, but also their allegiances to Frankfurt School mentors with their fascination for other German, French, and Anglo-American thinkers distinctly outside the Frankfurt tradition.
At the core of all their adventures in gravitational thinking is a profound sense that the catastrophic conditions of modern life are not humankin' s unalterable fate. In opposition to modernit' s disastrous state of affairs, Kluge and Negt regard the huge mass of dark matter throughout the universe as the lodestar for thinking together with others, for dark matter is that absolute guarantee that happier alternatives to our calamitous world are possible. As illustrated throughout Langsto' s study, dark matte' s promis - its critical orientation out of catastrophic modernit - finds its expression, above all, in Klug' s multimedia aesthetic.

Richard Langston is Professor of German Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the editor of Difference and Orientation- An Alexander Kluge Reader, the author of Visions of Violence- German Avant-Gardes after Fascism, lead translator of Kluge and Negt' s History and Obstinacy, and co-editor of the Alexander Kluge-Jahrbuch.