Art,aesthesis and society
The basic principle of the emancipation of modern society is that citizens transform themselves from objects of change to subjects of change. The arts and art institutions can support individuals in this emancipation only if they themselves are able to change; in other words, if they can find and justify their mission in the current historical and social conditions. How can various political imperatives – whether ecological, economic or administrative – be translated into the language of art? The language of art here means the various media of aesthesis in which art is created and experienced. Aesthesis, on the other hand, refers to those primary processes that might be broadly described as aesthetic and in which and through which the world makes itself known and knowable, experienceable and shareable. The question of the relationship between society and aesthesis, as well as of establishing and altering that relationship, is the question of art. Inasmuch as art is a shared concern for the doctoral programme and art universities, it also becomes for them a public affair, a res publica. Art- and artist-based research is necessary not only for political or institutional reasons, but also because of the inherent urge in art and artists to address the question of the relationship between artand society. In the current historical context, experimental art, or the supposedly autonomous evolution of art, is evidently not enough. Artistic research constructs and justifies new or different forms of sensory experience through theory formation and then uses them to create new connections between art and other fields of knowledge, social practices and public discourses. Academic artistic research will have a major impact on how art is practiced in future and how it manifests itself in society. Artistic research is expected and hoped to diversify artists’ public engagement and to develop new forms of involvement.