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Borderless aeasthetics : the new ugly
Sandra Jovanovska, 2024, master's thesis

Abstract: Through the lens of ugliness, the purpose of this Master’s thesis is to explore a potential model of a new unrestricted aesthetics. I, hereby, refer to an aesthetics beyond its canonical order, an individualistically-driven scheme of standards or perhaps no standards at all. All can be simplified with Eco’s quote on the opposition of the beautiful and the ugly: ’A beautiful nose shouldn’t be longer than that or shorter than that, on the contrary, an ugly nose can be as long as the one of Pinocchio, or as big as the trunk of an elephant, or like the beak of an eagle, and so ugliness is unpredictable, and offers an infinite range of possibility’. While the aesthetics of beauty has already positioned framework of rules in regards to proportion, symmetry, and harmony, the aesthetics of ugliness has no particular guidelines and limitations whatsoever. Unlike the beautiful, what we perceive as ugly doesn’t have its lawfulness, because for a long time in the history of art, ugliness was just the opposite face of beauty. As a consequence, the ugly embodies a big category of undetermined standards in visual arts and culture, which leads to it becoming a large unmapped territory of boundless autonomy. The ugly is in that context the key to facing and unleashing our phenomenological fears of bleak dark deformed realities that lie unchallenged and unaddressed on account of ugliness’ taboo status. Thus, when familiarised, I believe ugliness in art has a powerful impact, a quality that we have to yet begin to understand to get a full image of ourselves, for if we rely on beauty, as we did for such a long time in history, we are depriving ourselves of a true holistic proportion in art.
Keywords: art, man, ugliness, new, aesthetics, beauty, artist, time, image, Dada, history, context, different, body, personal, culture, transform, political, philosophy, standard, perspective.
Published in RUNG: 10.05.2024; Views: 400; Downloads: 6
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Italian Humanist Photography from Fascism to the Cold War
Martina Caruso, scientific monograph

Abstract: Spanning four decades of radical political and social change in Italy, this interdisciplinary study explores photography’s relationship with Italian painting, film, literature, anthropological research and international photography. Evocative and powerful, Italian social documentary photography from the 1930s to the 1960s is a rich source of cultural history, reflecting a time of dramatic change. This book shows, through a wide range of images (some published for the first time) that to fully understand the photography of this period we must take a more expansive view than scholars have applied to date, considering issues of propaganda, aesthetics, religion, national identity and international influences. By setting Italian photography against a backdrop of social documentary and giving it a distinctive place in the global history of photography, this exciting volume of original research is of interest to art historians and scholars of Italian and visual culture studies.
Keywords: History of photography, documentary photography, social photography, humanist photography, painting, film, literature, anthropology, fascism, antifascism, Mussolini, resistance, partisans, masculinity, peasants, ruralism, religion, Catholicism, Carlo Levi, Christ Stopped at Eboli, propaganda, national identity, aesthetics, politics
Published in RUNG: 16.01.2023; Views: 1755; Downloads: 0
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Between Subversion and Critique. New Yugoslav Film
Gal Kirn, vedrana madžar, 2014, professional article

Keywords: 1960s, Žilnik, Pavlović, new Yugoslav film, subversion, critique, new avant-garde, dark aesthetics
Published in RUNG: 18.09.2020; Views: 2747; Downloads: 0
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Die politische Ästhetik des Neuen jugoslawischen Films : Zwischen sozialistischer Modernisierung und cineastischem Modernismus
Gal Kirn, 2014, independent scientific component part or a chapter in a monograph

Keywords: modernism, new Yugoslav film, modernisation, political aesthetics, Zilnik
Published in RUNG: 21.08.2020; Views: 2675; Downloads: 0

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The Yugoslav Partisan Art
Gal Kirn, Vladimir Habjan, 2016, original scientific article

Abstract: Jernej Habjan and Gal Kirn have edited a special issue of Slavica tergestina devoted to the Yugoslav Partisan art (1941-1945). All the chapters are in English, with abstracts in Russian and English as well as summaries in Slovenian. We highlight the theoretical discussion between Rastko Mocnik and Miklavz Komelj. The chapters are preceded by the introduction by Gal Kirn, and followed by reviews of new books on the Yugoslav Partisan art.
Keywords: partisan art, left art, political aesthetics, propaganda, liberation struggle, new Yugoslavia
Published in RUNG: 19.08.2020; Views: 2842; Downloads: 0
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Engaging Bodies Through Expanded Art Practice
Asja Apolonia Trost, 2020, master's thesis

Abstract: The master thesis entitled “Engaging Bodies Through Expanded Art Practice” is divided in two parts: the first one is the theoretical part which places socially engaged arts in the time-line of contemporary art, followed by an overview of my practical work entitled “Obsolete Properties”. The central aim of the theoretical part is to determine the structures of socially engaged art projects, with all their ambiguities, caused by the inherent connection between the social and the artistic. Topics of such process-based interdisciplinary and participatory art projects reflect at the same time on cultural traditions as well as on current social issues. The second part is an analysis of the artwork I created and set in different contexts. It consists of common materials that arrived into my hands after their previous owners moved their homes. The artwork celebrates artistic process and environmental sustainability while on the other side serves as an agent on the discourse of values.
Keywords: #ART #ENGAGED_ART #ART_PRACTICE #SOCIAL_PRACTICE #SOCIALLY_ENGAGED_ART #CONTEMPORARY_ART #PROCESS #MEDIA #FORM #PERFORMANCE #PARTICIPATION #COLLABORATION #PUBLIC_SPACE #AESTHETICS #POLITICS #ETHICS #INTERACTIVITY #DESIGN #THEATRE #EDUCATION #AUTHORITY #ART_STUDENT #ART_OBJECT #SYSTEM #KNOWLEDGE #PLASTIC #SCULPTURE #FINE_ARTS #INTERMEDIA_ART #VALUES #FREEDOM_OF_EXPRESION #DOCUMENTATION #AUDIENCE #TRASH #MATERIAL #SUSTAINABILITY #CONSERVATION #CONTEXT #TEMPORARY_EXPERIENCE_ZONE #TEZ #WAR #HOLOCAUST
Published in RUNG: 20.07.2020; Views: 4012; Downloads: 113
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