Nelly Richard's book was an interesting read. Her definition of avant garde versus neo avant garde art, and the way she positioned the opposition as parallel to the traditional left versus the new left in dictatorship/post dictatorship Chile helpted me think through issues of memory and documentary. Although the book is about Chilean art, I immediately throught of Los Rubios, and the way in which Alberti refusses to take on the melancholic mantel of the left, opting instead for a heterogeneous inheritance.
Richard's use of Benjamin was useful for thinking through what gets left out of totalizing histories, histories that present the dictatorship as a single event, a scar on Chile's history, but her use of the word "redemptive" confused me. I thought that in Benjamin's Thesis on the Philosophy of History, a redemptive history is one which cites it in all its manifestations.
The move towards the fragmented subject versus the collective "victim" of the dictatorship brought back last week's lecture (and the week before that) about the way the political function and problem of the collective "we". Richard's explication of the neo avant garde and the new left seems like a valuable solution to the question of alternative models of "resisistance" although the new left does not follow a resistance model but a deconstructive one.