The cracks of the Contemporary

25 Nov 2016, por taxonomedia en Investigación y proyectos, Noticias

By Rick Dolphijn (Utrech University)


The creative act, as an ideal, drives both art and philosophy and has a problematic relation to the social, political and economic realities that dominate the present. The creative act has no present itself since it can’t find a way of realising itself within these realities. Instead, it exists only in philosophy, while it only concludes to the artwork. Nevertheless, through art and philosophy, the creative act holds an immense power. Through art and philosophy, it matters immensely. It has the weight of the entire earth at its disposal, as a means to put these realities under pressure, cracking them where they are most vulnerable to the power of the earth. Through these cracks, the outside, the fresh air, the darkness of the earth seeps in. Through these cracks, the unforeseen, the unreal drenches the present, not so much ‘in’ the here and now, but as the perpetual and infinite undercurrent that haunts the present. It offers us a glimpse of the earth to come, as it briefly, instantly, intervenes and forces everything out of perspective. The creative act is thus what matters with the times, it presents us the contemporary. Releasing us from the present it forces us to think.

This lecture is part of the cycle HÍBRIDS and the international conference Art & Speculative Futures, is co-organized by Mediaccions – Research Collective on Digital Media & Culture and the research groups from the University of Barcelona “Art, Architecture and Digital Society” and “Art, Globalization, Interculturality”.

HÍBRIDS Coordinators: Pau Alsina & Vanina Hofman



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