Déjà Chimera
Writings 1987-1990

by Gian Carlo Pagliasso

ISBN-10: 0-9646466-8-4
PRICE: $19.95

>> EAN 1: GIAN CARLO PAGLIASSO’s book of essays, DÉJÀ CHIMERA: WRITINGS 1987-1990, articulates the theoretical and poetical development of an artistic moment in history predicated upon a “weak” ontology. However, all the overt signs actually refer to a hidden but still wider directive. At stake, here, is the theoretical possibility of considering the practice of art as a metaphor for the state of the Subject in an age of the global estheticization of Capitalism and contemporary Society as a whole. In this sense, the essays delineate merely a premise that might become the ground for a new perspective on Subjectivity — one that would go beyond the Marxist borders of a proletarian revolution and the postmodern debate in general. In so far as Gian Carlo Pagliasso espies a metapsychotic dimension in the work of art today, his partial conclusion may reflect the marginality or particularity (evidenced in the operative concept of the “chimera”) that now belongs to the (class) consciousness of the individual and the Social within an overriding paradigm.

DÉJÀ CHIMERA analyzes the work of such writers, artists, and philosophers as Georg Wilhelm Hegel, Jacques-Louis David, Johan Heinrich Füssli, Etienne-Louis Boullée, Karl Marx, Antonio Canova, Guy Debord, Raoul Vaneigem, Jean Baudrillard, Gianni Vattimo, Johann Joachim Winckelmann, Michelangelo, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Jacques Lacan, Gaston Bachelard, James Joyce, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Martin Heidegger, Sigmund Freud, Fredrich Nietzsche, Wilhelm Jensen.

GIAN CARLO PAGLIASSO was born on June 24, 1949, in Turin (Italy). He received a degree in Scenography at the Accademia Albertina of Fine Arts in Turin in 1973, and a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Turin in 1975. In 1976, he founded G.R.M. (Group for Materialistic Research), for which he has produced various interventions, installations, and performances both in Europe and the United States from 1977 until 1984. From 1985 until 1996, he was an artist and theoretician of the movement Arte Debole (Weak Art), with which he did many gallery and museum exhibitions both in America and Europe. Since 1997, he has been the director of the art gallery FIGURE in Turin (Italy). DÉJÀ CHIMERA: WRITINGS 1987-1990 is the author’s first book of collected essays.

First edition paperback, January 2001, 116 pp., sewn, with 7 black and white illustrations printed on patinated paper, and a black and white photograph of the author on the frontispiece. Bilingual edition with an English translation from the Italian by Peter Carravetta.