Art in the Global Present

‘One way that art holds aesthetic meaning at arm’s length is by making the familiar strange, placing meaning at the horizon, out of reach but still in sight. In so doing, art reflects what it means to be in a world of aesthetics. It affirms that to be within aesthetics is not simply to be a consumer of aesthetic messages, but within a dynamic system of aesthetic producers.

Art seeks to perceive perceiving in its broadest sense. Thus, art must keep this process of perceiving open; it must endlessly defer an arrival at conclusive meaning to maintain its focus on how meaning is established.

We must explore Art’s roots in the irrational, its specificity in relation to space, its changing meaning in an image saturated world and its paradoxical proximity to the extinction of consciousness.’


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