For a Philosophy of Representation

Raffaele Milani
2017 Proceedings (MDPI)  
We often wonder if aesthetics cannot be considered to be a philosophy of representation since it concerns itself with reality splitting in the images of the imagination, and with the distinction between the contemplative gaze and the nature of aesthesis (perception with all the senses). For this reason, an attempt is made here to shed light upon the "neutral horizon" of beauty without excluding the living part of things and feelings. Our point of departure is the experience of art taking note
more » ... f art taking note of the creativity of the aesthetic response once we interpret the "death of art" in the modern world not as an actual end but as an opening up of a plethora of evocative, perceptual, and formative features. In light of the artworks of the last decades, non-narrative films, Environmental Art and Land Art, repetitive music, and deconstructionist architecture, we might well wonder what remains of art, beyond beauty, and what remains of beauty, beyond art. Only an image, perhaps? In addition, with respect to these epochal transformations, the concept of body has been transformed. It is no longer a container; it has become liquefied and has become an attitude. What emerges is either anguish or enthusiasm in the face of these changes, depending on one's point of view.
doi:10.3390/proceedings1090857 fatcat:akuht2slkzarnin2y433xd6lte