The Great Question of Art

Art for Art’s sake 

Art as an act that manifest being which brings world into being. Contemporary art could be defined as the opening of a form that is above all a question, the form of a question

Contemporary art, therefore, begins from “this shapeless state of self.”  It is on this shaky ground that it asks the question “What is art?” necessarily in a new way, one that Duchamp prefigures— perhaps as a lone but increasingly influential precursor, his influence increasing with the accelerating evaporation of the master narratives.

Perhaps a question does not entirely make a world or a world in which the circulation of meaning is solely an interrogative and anxious circulation, sometimes anguished:

it’s a difficult world, a fragile world an unsettling world.

To describe Contemporary Art we can use the French term: ‘Mondialisation’ — the worldwide creation and circulation of sense by all concerned— over the EuroAmerica-centric economic and geopolitical schematism underlying the term ‘globalization’.

a Question of Universality

The great question here is a question of universality: is there, or is there not, a universality of artistic creation? Because the great question today is the question of globalization, the question of the unity of the world. Globalization proposes to us an abstract universality. A universality of money, the universality of communication and the universality of power. That is the universalism today. And so, against the abstract universality of money and of power, what is the question of art, what is the function of artistic creation? Is the function of artistic creation to oppose, to abstract from universality only a singularity of particularities, something like being against the abstraction of money and of power, or as a community against globalization and so on? Or, is the function of art to propose another kind of universality? That’s a big question. The more important issue today is the main contradiction between capitalistic universality on one hand, universality of the market if you want, of money and power and so on, and singularities, particularities, the self of the community. It’s the principal contradiction between two kinds of universalities. On one side the abstract universality of money and power, and on the other the concrete universality of truth and creation. My position is that artistic creation today should suggest a new universality, not to express only the self or the community, but that it’s a necessity for the artistic creation to propose to us, to humanity in general, a new sort of universality, and my name for that is truth. Truth is only the philosophical name for a new universality against the forced universality of globalization, the forced universality of money and power, and in that sort of proposition, the question of art is a very important question because art is always a proposition about a new universality, and art is a signification of the second thesis.