Tension appears in many contexts and carries diverse meanings. It tends to be viewed as something to be avoided and reduced in politics; to be explained, worked through, and resolved in therapy or science; to be endured and sustained in modern art; or to be sought after and enjoyed in popular culture. This volume brings together contributions from several academic and artistic fields in order to question the self-evidence of the deceptively simple term ‘tension’ and explore the possibility of productive transfers among different forms und understandings of tension. Refusing the temptation of a stabilizing synthesis, it establishes a dense web of approaches, providing a new critical paradigm for further inquiry.
Table of Contents
Christoph F.E. Holzhey: Tension In/Between Aesthetics, Politics, and Physics
- Sabine Arnaud: Tension and Narrative: Autobiographies of Illness and Therapeutic Legitimacy in Eighteenth-Century French and English Medical Works
- Fabio Camilletti: Oblique Gazes: The Je Ne Sais Quoi and the Uncanny as Forms of Undecidability in Post-Enlightenment Aesthetics.
- Rupert Gaderer: Strategies of Tension: A. Boissier’s Les amants électrisés par l’amour (1797)
- Laura Taler: Kleist’s Puppet Theatre and the Art of Tango: Looking for the Back Door to Paradise
- Laura Taler: ici uniglory, 2009: Installation
- Siouxzi Mernagh: Disappear Here: Adventures in Subconscious Narrative Filmmaking
- Bruno Besana: Tension on Tension: Some Considerations that Might Help to Produce an Increasingly Precise Understanding of a Problem which Has No Specific Object
- Jean Terrier: On Social Forces: Tension as a Metaphor and the Image of Society
- Martin Doll: The Topoi of Utopia: A Topology of Political Tensions
- Antke Engel: Desiring Tension: Towards a Queer Politics of Paradox
- Ozren Pupovac: The Violence of Form: Philosophical Remarks on Mazen Kerbaj’s Sound Piece Starry Night
Notes on the Contributors