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Visions of Art?

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This article is a brief meditation on 'visions' of art: do we mean concepts, ideas, manifestos concerned with art, or some ineffable visionary nature of art? Much art, past and present, speaks of bodily needs, of everyday angst, the horrors of war and a relentless history of traumas. Our capacity to respond to the world that we presently inhabit has become inured to shock, our empathy mediated by the simulacra of consumption. We are now witness to the delirium of the collapse of the market and the cynical manoeuvres of democratic governance. What can art do to restore trust in humanity? Is that the visionary role required of it by the future?

Keywords: Globalisation; differences; future of art; marketing; ontological diversity; self-dispossession; trust; truth

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2009-09-01

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