Aline Caillet

Aline Caillet
Visiting Faculty
Aline Caillet is associate professor in Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art at the university of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne where sheʼs co-directing La Galerie Michel Journiac, the exhibition space of the departement of Visual Arts.
She has recently published Dispositifs critiques. Le documentaire, du cinéma aux arts visuels (Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2014) and before, Quelle critique artiste ? Pour une fonction critique de l’art à l’âge contemporain (Paris, L’Harmattan, L’art en bref, 2008). She has also contributed to many collective books (among them : Lieux et non-Lieux de l’art actuel, Montréal, 2005, De l’art contextuel aux pratiques documentaires, Bruxelles, La Lettre volée, 2006, Pratiques transversales et questions politiques, Presses Universitaires de Provence, 2011, Partage dʼespaces, Presses Universitaires de Pau, 2014, Regards croisés sur la banlieue, Bruxelles, Peter Lang, 2015), contemporary arts reviews (ESSE, Voix du regard, Parade, Proteus, Marges...) and exhibition catalogues. She also occasionally collaborates with artists for specific projects.
She will be visiting professor in Columbia University in NYC (Shool of the Arts, Film Program) for the spring term in 2016.

Her research focuses on how Art fits into society and disseminates political contents. It seeks to redefine the critical function of contemporary Art.

This research continues the reflection initiated by the Frankfurt Shool and the critical tradition: How Art could be a force of resistance against culture industry, mainstream ideology and capitalism? How Art could participate to class struggles by proposing and art form which is popular without being a mass art? How Art could be a vector of emancipation and define itself as a praxis? It tries to pursue this project in defining the conditions of possibility of a critical art in the contemporary context, which implies collapse of alternative models, capacity of absorption of capitalist system and institutional integration of Art…
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Selected projects and works include:
Research Program, La fin des cartes ? Territoires rêvés, territoires normalisés. / Scientific direction : Aline Caillet, Anna Guillo, Sophie Fétro, Karen O’Rourke. This program is supported by the Scientific comity of Paris 1.
What Artistic Critique? For a Critical Function of Art to Contemporary Age. / Paris, L'Harmattan, Art in short, 2008.
Critical Devices: The Documentary Film to Visual Arts, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, Collection Contemporary Arts (led by Ch. Viart) October 9, 2014.

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