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Съвременното изкуство и идеята за визуалното безсмъртие
Contemporary Art and the Idea of Visual Immortality

Author(s): Peter Tzanev
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Psychology, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Religion, Social psychology and group interaction, Psychology of Self, Sociology of Art
Published by: Институт за изследвания на обществата и знанието при БАН
Keywords: contemporary art; representations of the soul in art;visual immortality;

Summary/Abstract: The idea of “the human soul” is usually seen as a proto-psychological concept, and not as a basic aesthetic category. From the perspective of psychology, we find it quite natural that the idea of the soul is destined to die with the demise of the idea of immortality. In art, however, in the modern era, the idea of immortality remains fundamental. The modern idea of art is built on the idea of visual immortality. It can speculate that art is a historically variable concept which functions as a substitute term for visual immortality of the soul. In the 20th century, the conversion of the soul into a complex image of human inner mental life led to a radical change in the attitudes, expressed in the visual arts, towards immortality. The demand for a new unifying center that replaces the notion of soul is driving modern and contemporary art to visualize new ideas regarding modern man’s personality structure and distinct types of consciousness.

  • Issue Year: XXVI/2017
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 16-37
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: English, Bulgarian