Computational Aesthetics in the Practices of Art as Politics

Authored by: Patricia Ticiento Clough

The Routledge Companion to Art and Politics

Print publication date:  January  2015
Online publication date:  February  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415645102
eBook ISBN: 9781315736693
Adobe ISBN: 9781317567806


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The practices of art as politics are perhaps most challenged today by the interrelated expansion of digital technologies and the intensified commodification of human processes. In what follows I want to address this challenge by focusing on the recent turn to ontology by philosophers who are reevaluating the potentiality of objects. I want to propose that the ontological turn—whether it be elaborated in object-oriented ontologies or in process-oriented ontologies, is registering the trauma of the development of the capacities of digital technology and the ongoing commodification of human processes: that is, the trauma of realizing that potentiality is not, or not only, a matter of human consciousness, human cognition, or human agency. The philosophical assumption that there is a primordial rapport between human and world, or that there is a correlation between knowing and being, has been unsettled with traumatic effects.

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