Here and Now: From Aestheticizing Politics to Politicizing Art
Mark Antaki, Stefan Huygenbaert, Angela Condello and Sarah Marusek, Sensing the Nation's Law: Historical Inquiries into the Aesthetics of Democratic Legitimacy (Springer, 2018)
15 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2018 Last revised: 6 Aug 2018
Date Written: July 25, 2018
The nation is not a natural construction. It is mediated through representations and particularly through representations with a sensory component. Images therefore are primary means through which a collection identity is established. They serve to constitute myths of belonging; to distinguish friend from enemy, as Schmitt put it. They tell stories; they create models and examples that frame our social existence. But they also generate the icons and symbols whose repetition and familiarity - flags, monuments, even colour combinations - etch habits of feeling and mental associations deep into our psyche.
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