The Æsthetica Collection
An editorial and scientific partnership between Rue d’Ulm publishers (École normale supérieure publications) and the Research and Education Department of the musée du quai Branly on a series devoted to the anthropology of the aesthetic.
This collection has two objectives: to contribute to the rewriting of the history and anthropology of the aesthetic phenomenon and to contribute to contemporary thought on past and present arts from the West and elsewhere. Inaugurated in 2003 under the direction of Danièle Cohn, the collection is being developed through a partnership between rue d’Ulm publishers and the musée du quai Branly. Owing to a development towards anthropology, the direction team has tripled: Danièle Cohn and Lucie Marignac (Director of Rue d’Ulm publishing) have been joined by Carlo Severi and Anne-Christine Taylor (Director of the Museum’s Research and Education Department). The work of Carlo Severi: "Le Principe de la chimère. Une anthropologie de la mémoire" (The principle of illusion. An anthropology of memory) is the first to be proposed within the framework of this collaboration.
The collection provides an opportunity to (re) read various artists’ written work, critical, philosophical and historical texts and texts on art anthropology. These have either been forgotten or were hitherto never translated and yet, in many cases, they have proven to be pivotal. It also publishes original essays questioning both Western and non-Western iconographic traditions, the theories they have provoked and contemporary artistic practices. Aiming to restore aesthetics to its original dimension, the collection endeavours to present and analyse the diversity of the sensitive theoretical propositions developed by the visual arts, music, theatre and ritual performance.