enchantment

This post made me want to take a closer look at Rita Felski’s book Uses of Literature (2008). Felski’s intention is to bridge the gap between literary theory and common-sense beliefs about why we read literature. Uses of Literature deals with four key elements of the reading experience: recognition, enchantment, knowledge, and shock. These four recall, as she…

art & affect

continuing my research on the importance of art – RECAPITULATING (Oh, I know – some of you are more than sick and tired of this, if you are amongst the exhausted ones; please visit again later!) Here we go: I went to Alain de Botton, I read his book and visited his exhibition, and even went public…

art is not therapy

Last week I went to Amsterdam to see and review Alain de Botton and John Armstrong’s exhibition “Art is Therapy” at the Rijksmuseum. The immediate result of my trip was a review written and published in the Norwegian newspaper Morgenbladet. (A weekly, national newspaper focused on culture, politics & arts). For 7 years I have…

pragmatism

It suddenly struck me that it would probably be interesting to let Art as Therapy meet Art as Experience – DO ANY OF YOU, my dear readers, HAVE EXPERTISE ON JOHN DEWEY’S AESTHETICS? The function of criticism is the reeducation of perception of works of art; it is an auxiliary in the process, a difficult…

What is art for?

Clarifying By now you all know about my grant (whether you are interested or not…). I was awarded this grant to make an outline for a book very much inspired by Alain de Botton & John Armstrong’s Art as Therapy. Actually my intention is to try to test some of their hypothesis in praxis – not as they do,…

art as propaganda –

– on behalf of the good: Art is a living resource for our heart.   Mark Rothko: You’ve got sadness in you, I’ve got sadness in me – and my works of art are places where the two sadnesses can meet, and therefore both of us need to feel less sad. Richard Long: highly irregular…

having a vision

apropos the didactic – once again … I have read a short piece by Frank Furedi today. Not necessarily an antidote to de Botton’s art-therapy-project. But definitively a problematization of governmental utility thinking. Here are some thoughts to share from one of Furedi’s texts: There was a time when, as the Oxford English Dictionary stated, vision meant…

– to muddy pure and sacred waters

Last week I wrote 4 art reviews. Which meant little or no time for reading. Hopefully this week will give me some time to catch up. As stated before, I am as a critic (by the definition Alain de Botton and many others operates with) a part of the art establishment. I agree with this…

Art should be didactic –

Some may call this approach naïve, but I believe that art is more valuable to us than we are lead to believe. So a new approach should be given consideration: – and I must admit, do really love de Botton’s enthusiasm!

if art is to matter …

Continuing yesterday’s post – here is Alain De Botton, arguing for an instrumental use of art:  The idea that one might use art for a purpose, for “instrumental” reasons, tends to set off alarm bells. Art is not an instrument, comes the almost automatic reply. It shouldn’t be thought of as some kind of tool. It’s…