For Jacques Rancière, the aesthetic dimension is built into any radical emancipatory politics. He argues that the shift from the political to the aesthetic is inherent in the political itself. The “uncertain reality of art, the shift or transport of meaning that defines metaphor, is an inherent part of every political dispute”. Political argument itself bears primarily “on the legitimacy or even the reality of the fundamental elements that configure the disagreement (its place, its object, its subjects). The place-changing action of metaphor – one thing or person for another – is what allows the creation or extension of a community of speaking subjects”.
Interstices 08 seeks to explore the interrelation of the aesthetic and the political in theories and practices of architecture and related arts. We do not expect contributors necessarily to engage with Ranciere’s writings, but the notions of disagreement and the politics of aesthetics provide a common ground. Contributions to the theme are invited under the headings of “Refereed Papers”, “Project Reports”, “Reviews” and “Translations”.
Refereed papers must not exceed 5000 words, non-refereed full papers 2500 words, and reviews 1000 words (longer papers are only accepted in special circumstances and with prior negotiation). Text must be formatted in accordance with APA's Publication Manual (5th Edition; Notes for contributors will be sent out to authors whose contributions have been accepted). Spelling should follow UK English and quotations must be translated into English. All papers must be submitted electronically in MS Word or RTF format, initially with .jpg image files of 300dpi (approx. 10% larger than the intended size of reproduction). Figures should be numbered clearly in the text, and image captions and credits must be included with submissions. It is the responsibility of the author to secure permissions for image use and pay any reproduction fees. A brief author bio of approx. 150 worlds must also be included.
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Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts is an open forum for the dissemination of thought and practices in architecture and related arts. It is a non-profit journal published jointly once a year by the School of Architecture and Planning, The University of Auckland, and the School of Art and Design, Auckland University of Technology.
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