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Mark Potocnik: Fire Walk with Me
Fire Walk with Me
(p. 77 – 90)

Mark Potocnik

Fire Walk with Me
Canetti's »Auto-da-Fé«

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Elias Canetti’s poetological remarks on his novel Auto-Da-Fé revolve around the renewal of the realistic novel. This renewal is to be understood in a peculiar sense: the contemporaneity of the novel is equivalent to the process of reinventing the realist novel. In order to renew the realist novel, realism has to be pushed to the limit, to the point at which the realist novel exhausts its technique, its procedures, and its objects. The realist novel is only able to be contemporary with reality by coming to its own end. In this sense Canetti's book is indeed an Auto-Da-Fé.

  • Theodor W. Adorno
  • poetry
  • theatre / drama
  • aesthetics
  • art theory
  • art criticism
  • contemporary art
  • Marcel Duchamp
  • temporality
  • Walter Benjamin
  • politics
  • art

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Mark Potocnik

Mark Potocnik

holds a research position at the Collaborative Research Centre 626 at the Freie Universität Berlin. He earned his Ph.D. with a thesis on »Mediocrity: Poetics of the Average Man«.

Other texts by Mark Potocnik for DIAPHANES
Frank Ruda (ed.), Jan Völker (ed.): Art and Contemporaneity

Frank Ruda (ed.), Jan Völker (ed.)

Art and Contemporaneity

Softcover, 176 pages

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Although art always takes place in time, its manifestations – actual works of art – can be characterized by the specific and close connection they maintain between contemporaneity and timelessness. Their relation to time must be differentiated in a twofold manner: on the one hand, there is the relation to the time in which they are embedded, and, on the other, the relation to the time that they themselves create. In particular historical conditions a specific temporality of the artwork emerges. Both temporalities are superimposed on by one another, namely as a timelessness of artworks as such. The book assembles a variety of thinkers that confront one of the most crucial questions when dealing with the very definition, concept and operativity of art: How to link art to the concept of the contemporary?