Category: Part 1: Theory, Art and Visual Culture

Part One – Exercise 1.5 Construction and Reality

Reflecting on Searle’s observation at the beginning of this chapter, how would you explain the difference between the construction of social reality and the social construction of reality? A question that turns my head. Feels like so semantically driven. To digest it, firstly I was wondering about the term ‘reality’ and how it is defined. Looking up in popular dictionaries:…

Part One – Exercise 1.4 Digital Art

What do you understand by the phrase ‘digital art’? List the possible meanings and indicate the one that you consider most viable. I have some subjective feelings and thoughts about this term as I am old enough to have personal experience with a less digital and internet  extended world. In general I could understand ‘digital’ quite technically as binary code versus…

Part One – Exercise 1.3 Art and Other Things

Before looking at the specific examples from the exercise I am wondering even more about What is Art?  Reading the course materials and some reference books it seems that art can not be defined accurately nowadays. Highly subjective and perhaps rather a social construction – an institutional fact as J. Searle would say, based on agreement, rules, and with an assigned status function of power…

Part One – Exercise 1.2 Theory or Not

Prior reflection: Before digging into the exercise I had to clarify for myself the base of differentiation of theory as such and theory based artwork. So what is theory in art? Or should I say theory of art interpretation? Should we differentiate science from social theory? Common theories are around social, feministic, or psychoanalytic interpretations. In the course material it is differentiated…

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Part One – Exercise 1.1 Pareidolia

A) Look at the painting ‘The Eye of Silence‘ and see whether you can distinguish the intended from unintended faces. Which seem most ambiguous? The German born artist Max Ernst made the painting ‘The Eye of Silence‘ during World War II (1943-4) while living in exile in the USA. Ernst was one of surrealist artists who were influenced by S. Freud’s notion…

Part One – Exercise 1.0 The Construction of Social Reality

In his book ‘The Construction of Social Reality’ John Searle writes ‘There are portions of the real world, objective facts in the world, that are only facts by human agreement. In a sense there are things that exist only because we believe them to exist. … things like money, property, governments, and marriages. Yet many facts regarding these things are…