Category of Experience as Intermediation between art and Society

Marianna Michalowska
Institute of Cultural Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan, Poland

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Ingår i: Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 25:43, s. 405-414

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Publicerad: 2007-11-27


ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


Interdisciplinary cultural reflection issue a new challenge for aesthetics. From the end of the 20th century it became evident that the status of aesthetics today was founded not only on art problems but was related mostly to events of everyday life. That is why a category of experience could be especially useful. The notion of experience can be used both for expression of human needs and political ambitions of artists (in John Dewey’s and Richard Shusterman’s pragmatic reflection) and an entity that describes personal histories and individual memories (in Walter Benjamin’s consideration).

In the category of experience the issues of aesthetisation and anaesthetisation intersects as well. The problem of expansion and participation in popular culture cannot be longer understood only in vocabulary of art but also has to be expressed in conditions of social sciences. In this paper I analyze the artworks by artists from different artistic streams (such as Anish Kapoor and Barbara Krüger; Monika Sosnowska and Krzysztof Wodiczko) looking for its association to the category of experience.


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