Text by Claes Entzenberg
Design by Sandra Praun
2013, English, softcover
102 pages, 15 x 23 cm
Every artwork is the first and last of its kind. Nothing happens the same way twice. But if this is the case, then what limits can we impose on our understanding of the historical development of art? The poles in our conceptual schema of the development of art are analogous to human life, which takes place between its own two poles of non-existence. This schema is used in our understanding of art, interpretation, and metaphor.
Forming a complex element in the intersection between life and death, art becomes a transposition from experiences to things, resulting in reified objects that can make the analysis of these states of being cognitively concrete. To transfer them back to experience is to see them as part of our cultural understanding: the movement from death to life and back again is grounded in the dynamic tension between creative/deviant and conventional/established sense-making determinations. By these experiences our views of the world are both transgressed and confirmed.