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An outline politics of the critical


Fry, T, An outline politics of the critical, The Routledge Companion to Criticality in Art, Architecture, and Design, Routledge, C Brisbin and M Thiessen (ed), London, pp. 111-127. ISBN 9781138189232 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4324/9781315623412


Currently our species, and others, are exposed to a convergence of three interrelated dangers. First is the still-increasing dynamic of 'unsustainability,' not just in its material biophysical forms, including anthropogenic-induced climate change, but also by the advancing of the intellectual, epistemological and instrumental defuturing character of the Anthropocene. Next are the geopolitical global tensions associated with links between a new era of nuclear weapons proliferation, asymmetrical warfare and unstable or dysfunctional states. And then third is the arrival of a hegemonic technosphere, and with it the arrival of fundamental questions about the very form of our species being' as exemplified by the growing debate on the posthuman. Against this backdrop, as will be argued, is the imperative to eliminate the disjuncture between the critical, criticality and criticism. This on the basis of recognizing that all creative practitioners are politically situated and, as such, either expose and then respond to the critical conditions of the contemporary human condition (via their practice and available or new modes of criticism) or contribute, knowingly or unknowingly, to its worsening. Explicitly choices have to be made, or by default are made. There is no position of neutrality.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:unsustainability; contemporary human condition; politics
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Design
Research Field:Design history, theory and criticism
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in built environment and design
UTAS Author:Fry, T (Professor Anthony Fry)
ID Code:152944
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Architecture and Design
Deposited On:2022-08-29
Last Modified:2022-10-17

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