3 comments on “The art of Homo Sacer

  1. Reblogged this on Progressive Geographies and commented:
    Derek Gregory provides a very helpful guide to works of art inspired by Giorgio Agamben’s Homo Sacer and, in a reference I’d previously missed, links to Adam Kotsko’s discussion of the concluding volume of the series, The Use of Bodies.

  2. Hello, just wanted to say thank you for including me on this page. I am Chad MacQuarrie (aka Dubstawk) and Agamben’s writings have been very inspiring for me. I think that it is very important to keep this discourse going, but I wonder what role the internet plays in the production of the homo sacer. Personally I am not very optimistic. I worry that the internet agitates the realization of the sovereign by globalizing/destroying proximity. The internet seems to hasten a notion of emancipation which involves a sort of ‘nothing is scared’ where discretion itself seems to suffer from it’s expressive role. Agamben himself refused to give his biometric information to the U.S. government and used this experience (or lack of) to express how he doesn’t want to be stripped of his ‘bare life.’ This biometric collection of data would not be nearly as contentious if it were not stored, accessed and circulated via the internet. The internet is not merely some emergent or ‘whatever’ singularity. It is active, dominant, and shows no signs of diminishing it’s hoarding of appropriations.

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