Symbolic Misery,Volume 1:The Hyperindustrial Epoch

Symbolic Misery,Volume 1:The Hyperindustrial Epoch In this important new book, the leading cultural theorist and philosopher Bernard Stiegler re-examines the relationship between politics and aesthetics in our contemporary hyperindustrial age.Stiegler argues that our epoch is characterized by the seizure of the symbolic by industrial technology, where aesthetics has become both theatre and weapon in an economic war. This has resulted in a ‘symbolic misery’ where conditioning substitutes for experience. In today’s control societies, aesthetic weapons play an essential role: audiovisual and digital technologies have become a means of controlling the conscious and unconscious rhythms of bodies and souls, of modulating the rhythms of consciousness and life. The notion of an aesthetic engagement, capable of founding a new communal sensibility and a genuine aesthetic community, has largely collapsed today.
Author:Bernard Stiegler ISBN:978-7-305-23473-6
Publication Date:202101 Pages:176

About the Author

Bernard Stiegler is Director of Cultural Development at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.