13 VII 2009 ORENSANZ MUSEUM New York ARS SUBLIMIS Participant artists: Avelino Sala, Rebecca Loyche, Monika Bravo, Johannes Gees, Michal Brzezinski, Luis Bezeta, Gemma Pardo.
“What give all that is tragic, whatever its form, the characteristic of the sublime, is the first inkling of the knowledge that the world and life can give no satisfaction, and are not worth our investment in them. The tragic spirit consists in this. Accordingly it leads to resignation.”
Arthur Schopenhauer (The World as Will and Representation, 1819 Vol I)
Is it possible to speak about the Aesthetics of the Sublime that defined the romantic epoch in an era characterized by the loss of values? Can we still give another lecture to the feelings for the awe of the infinity of space, of that superlative feeling between extreme greatness and fear? Schopenhauer, in the first volume of his The World as Will and Representation, in order to clarify the concept of the Sublime, goes through its different stages of transition. Despite some notable resurgence in the 1980’s and 1990, prompted by French postmodernist Jean-Francois Lyotard, the aesthetic of the Sublime is largely absent from contemporary arena, and almost forgotten in XXI century debates. That traditional concept of Landscape like a space of freedom is questioned after modernity, emerging as a postmodern landscape dominated by degradation, and where the dystopian landscape has substituted the utopia of the idyllic. Can we still speak about the Sublime Experience, or some categories like Sublime or postsublime have faded in their own denomination? In a context of a natural landscape, Governors Island, this series of videos represent an attempt to arise this debate questioning and diving into the Schopenhaueresque’s phases, from the simple feeling of beauty to the Fullest Feeling of Sublime.