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Interpassivity: The Aesthetics of Delegated Enjoyment

Robert Pfaller


Interpassivity is a widespread, but mostly unacknowledged form of cultural behavior. It consists in letting others (other people, or animals, machines etc.) not work, but consume in one’s place. When certain people, for example, take care that others drink their beer for them, fotocopy or print texts out instead of reading them, let recording devices watch TV programmes in their place, use ritual machines that pray or believe for them vicariously, or are happy that certain TV-comedies already laugh about themselves, we have to speak of interpassivity. These actions are based on certain subject ... More

Keywords: delegated consumption, delegated enjoyment, belief, cultural capitalism, participation, ritual, magic, generosity, urban role-play

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474422925
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474422925.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Pfaller, author
Professor of Philosophy and Cultural Theory, University of Art and Industrial Design of Linz, Austria