Notes on contemporary art
What is art?
There is no one function of art. Art is everything that is regarded as art. If there was one function that is the most dominant it is: Create cultural “ancestors”.
That said, art is in a movement in constant self-definition process. I think the most cultural “ancestors” will be in the art interpreted as the following:
Art is not aesthetics
I think the evolution of art is trailing towards “art is not aesthetic” direction. Currently most of art is preoccupied with digging in aesthetics. I see art as something not about aesthetics. Digging in aesthetics (even as a painter, conceptual, or video artist) is a lot closer to the world of design. “Art is not aesthetic” was dimly visible and perhaps most defined during second avant-gardes (art of 60’s and 70’s). Currently its mostly concentrated in post-art practices. (
Art is a discourse of discourses
What I mean? There is music, film, biology, physics, ethics, technology, philosophy etc. and there is art (and within it there is music, film, biology, physics, ethics, technology, philosophy)
Art is a guide across discourses
One of the core essences of art is understanding discourses – being an expert in them, creating discourses (think fauvism, cubism, constructivism) then redefining them, learning what is the core there, what is a gravity of movement, what is it’s essence.
Examples: Artists are good at finding qualities across different disciplines. Artists are the best guides in the city
Art can be about social non-conformity
Art can create the possibility of not conforming to hierarchy structures. It makes sense to celebrate art for that as Celeberating this as a value of The role of the artist is to say the truth.
Art can be about formal non-conformity
Art algorithm creates unapologetically (across conventions, against social exerted pressures) knowledge interfaces with the highest bandwidth. This often means rewriting current systems (languages; standards; formal conventions of film, writing, guiding trips, meals etc.). But not for the sake of I want to be seen, loved; I want to be special and different (this is high volume, uninteresting art). But for the sake to create better interfaces of knowledge as every system breaks with scale.