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Concerning the Work of Royden Rabinowitch: Our Disenchanted Ontology and Paradoxical Hope

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Lerm Hayes, Christa-Maria (2012) Concerning the Work of Royden Rabinowitch: Our Disenchanted Ontology and Paradoxical Hope. In: Sequenzen Series, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Univerity of Cologne. University of Cologne. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

This public lecture sought to interpret the life's work of Royden Rabinowitch. It consists mainly of simple, sculptural metal shapes, arranged on a floor or wall. Using the literature of Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, Terry Eagleton and George Didi-Huberman (on Aby Warburg), as well as a visit to dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, I elaborate on the emotional, political, historical and philosophical meanings of Rabinowitch's works.The conclusion is that they are addressing the most important issues today and do so credibly and in a paradoxically hopeful way: in a similar vein to how Terry Eagleton describes the political allegiances and impact of Beckett's oeuvre. It is particularly in keeping with the writer's engaged politics and efficacious by not speaking directly about politics.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Lecture)
Keywords:Royden Rabinowitch; Samuel Beckett; Sculpture; Aby Warburg; Terry Eagleton; Georges Didi-Huberman; Art and politics; Holocaust survivors
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > Belfast School of Art
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute
Art and Design Research Institute > Art and Context
ID Code:23425
Deposited By:Prof Dr Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes
Deposited On:12 Oct 2012 13:37
Last Modified:19 Apr 2013 09:23

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