Let’s take the Nietzschean hammer out of history and use it once again for this essay “It’s time to smash the bullshit!! And perceive... The trans/formation called Art.”
With a smash of the phenological and phlilosophical hammer, this lecture breaks with the common interpretation of what art is. An interpretation which most of the people, most of the time cannot simply explain what art exactly might be.
Why not? One, because we are incapable of defining it. Second, because we are perceiving it wrong. It’s up to you to choose. Up to you to read.
1. Art, a search for language 2. Time to smash the bullshit! A world upside down 3. An empty direction 4. A smashed intention 5. an obviously odd intention 6. The intention of art incarnated 7. Philosophical closure 8. The transformation called art 9. The transformation is art
Maybe it’s a difficult vision to understand but yet again let’s try to simplify by some examples in our particular models. When we put this vision of M. Heidegger upon our vision of building buildings our result will sound like this.. In our world, where things are things among things in the world, we have different kind of buildings with different kinds of purposes, which hold different kinds of things, that serve different kind of things. As long as everything is in its place, those ‘things’ will disappear. As example it is quite logic to find a blackboard in a school, because it is serving its purpose in a school, we do not longer have attention to the object itself. We perceive it as a thing among things that serves us and have only attention towards its result. The possibility to write in a classroom. If we would take this blackboard and place it in a bathroom, we would get the reaction which M. Heidegger describes. Because our blackboard has no purpose in a bathroom, it is popping up to our consciousness and distincts itself from other objects like our bath, washing table and toothbrush. Why is that important? Well, we are discussing about what the intention of art might be? What might be the intention and goal of art? If art would metaphorically be a building, which intention and purpose would art have and which structure and contents would follow to serve this system to be logical and useful? Yes, that’s what it is all about, as M. Heidegger wrote, everything we make is here to serve us, every building, every concept, every concept. But! Here is an important note. This service is only able when we find the right intention followed by the right structure and the right contents. If one of those gets out alignment, it will not longer serve us and catch our attention by its strangeness and uselessness. As the example of the blackboard in a bathroom already represented. If we follow the process, a logical reasoning of serving ourselves is building a structure where we can place our tools we need to wash ourselves, a bath, a sink, a closet. Because all of these objects or intentions are aligned with serving the same purpose, to get ourselves clean again, we will not get our attention to the strangeness and oddness objects or intentions might hold. Only if they are in a system or in a place where they do not serve the aligned purpose, we are able to catch them in full intention, as a non-serving odd and strange phenomenon appearing at our consciousness. ×