PART ONE

ONE + ONE
An introduction to Peter Wollen's influential article,
THE TWO AVANT- GARDES.
A mystery is suggested...why is it still so influential ?
THE SPHINX
A textual analysis of the famous article.
THE SPEARHEAD
The metaphor of the Avant-Garde and a description
of Peter Burger's 'Theory of The Avant-Garde'.
LORDS OF PROGRESS
On Poggioli's theory of the Avant-Garde and
its Romantic and Aristocratic character.
MEANWHILE
Why Burger's definition is unworkable for the
Avant-Garde but applicable to the Underground.
THE UTOPIANS
Saint-Simon and the Utopian Socialists.
BEFORE THERE WAS ART
On the function of the superfluous and a brief history of 'Art'.
AURA AS COMMODITY
Walter Benjamin, Art in the age of mechanical
reproduction and the creation of the aura.
SENSUOUSNESS WITHOUT FUNCTION
Bourdieu and the elimination of necessity from Art.
FRANKENSTEIN
The Romantic Artist as Priest and Lord.
DADA
Andreas Huyssen and how the Avant-Garde turns Anti-Art into Art.