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Christine Buci-Glucksmann

A French philosopher and Professor Emeritus at the University of Paris VIII specialising in the aesthetics of the Baroque, Japan and computer art, her best known work in English is Baroque Reason: The Aesthetics of Modernity. She began as a philosopher in the 1970s with political studies of Friedrich Engels and Antonio Gramsci, followed by research into aesthetics, based primarily around a study of the work of Walter Benjamin. This was followed by her study into the aesthetics of the perception of the Baroque, published as La Raison baroque in 1984, and with La folie du voir in 1986. In this, her major accomplishment, she cites Gilles Deleuze and Jean-François Lyotard as being most salient to her concerns. Two books then followed on the aesthetics of the virtual: La folie du voir: Une esthétique du virtuel and Esthétique de L’ephémère. She he has written numerous books and articles about digital (including L’art à l’époque virtuel [Art in the Age of Virtuality]) and new media art. She has also written extensively on artists from China, for example Les modernités chinoises.

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