The paradox of the creative act: art as perspective/self-expression (creativity) has taken over reality, and in reality where everyone is an artist (personal) and everything is art (private), the “common world” no longer exists. We will find that art, which in essence works towards reality and the other, leads to its own cancellation.

In the course, we will discuss four fundamental issues surrounding various texts that address the “problematics” of the creative act in general and in the contemporary context in particular.

  • Snapshot – the aesthetic age

(Benjamin, Experience and Poverty; Bruno Latour – We Have Never Been Modern)

  • The role of art – to be human, to be contemporary, to be political

 (Courbet’s Realist Manifesto; Kant, Critique of Judgment)

  • The artistic product – imitation, indifference, theatricality, autonomy (Schelling, The System of Transcendental Idealism; Graham Harman, Object and Art)
  • Action beyond human: for the strange and terrifying

(Graham Harman, On the Horror of Phenomenology; Iain Hamilton Grant, Being and Slime: The Mathematics of Protoplasm in Lorenz Oken’s ‘Physio-Philosophy’)