Non-relational Aesthetics (Transmission: the Rules of Engagement S.)

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`Relational Art' and `relational aesthetics' are commonplace terms in contemporary art discourse. Defined as a `set of artistic practices which take as their theoretical and practical point of departure the whole of human relations and their social context, rather than an independent and private space' and as an aesthetic theory consisting in judging art works on the basis of the inter-human relations which they represent, produce or prompt'. In such an aesthetics, art is seemingly required to act as a replacement for the binding of the community through the rituals of religion.

Non-relational Aesthetics proposes that all discourse involves alterity, difference and deferral. Non-relational Aesthetics offers a concept of art as an ethical encounter with the other, and the idea of art as `hospitality' is anticipated as an alternative to that of `relational aesthetics.'

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Michael Corris is an artist, art historian and writer on art. He began working in late-1971 with the Conceptual art group, Art & Language, in New York; his work was published in 1973 in the group's journal, Art-Language. With Mel Ramsden, Ian Burn, Joseph Kosuth, Sarah Charlesworth and others, Corris was a founding editor of The Fox; an artists-run journal that addressed the political and social dimensions of contemporary artistic practice. Corris' most recent publications include Conceptual Art: Theory, Myth and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and Ad Reinhardt (Reaktion Books, London, 2008).

Charlie Gere is Reader in New Media Research and Director of the Institute for Cultural Research, Lancaster University. His main research interest is in the cultural effects and meanings of technology and media, particularly in relation to art and philosophy. He is a contributing editor of the forthcoming White Heat Cold Logic: British Computer Art 1960-1980 (MIT Press, 2009).

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