Contemporary society is characterized by excess, by the exasperated search for beauty, in both psycho-physical (e.g., from athletics to yoga, from fashion to cosmetics, from cosmetic surgery to genetic engineering) and material terms (from clothes to accessories, from mobile phones to automobiles). Confronting a reality where appearance, pleasure, and fun have become dominant concerns, the study of aesthetics has to move beyond the “canonical” confines of abstract academic inquiry in order to orient its research sphere in a pragmatic direction. There is an increasingly urgent need to identify new categories and to articulate more appropriate epistemological models.Addressing these concerns in the present volume, Elisabetta Di Stefano aims to reconfigure aesthetics in transdisciplinary and transartistic (i.e., “hyperaesthetic”) terms. The goal is to understand the complexity of experience by establishing a dialogue with other disciplines (e.g., ecology, biology, sociology, psychology, anthropology, gastronomy) and also to initiate a richer and more comprehensive analysis of art, whose forms are no longer (or not solely) to be found in the artistic object, but also in the practices of everyday life. This goal explains the decision (which may be restrictive, but it is not arbitrary) to adopt as privileged interpretive frameworks the theories of two philosophers, the American pragmatist Richard Shusterman and the German neophenomenologist Gernot Böhme, because both reevaluate the significance of sensible knowledge through explicit references to Baumgarten. Shusterman aims to rethink in philosophic terms some bodily practices (e.g., cosmetics, cosmetic surgery, athletics, yoga) and to account for the aesthetic value of popular culture. Böhme articulates the new category of “atmosphere” in order to offer interpretive and critical tools with which to intervene consciously in many fields of “aesthetic work:” from design to packaging, from scenography to interior architecture, from fashion to cosmetics, from communications to advertising. Adopting this dual interpretive framework, the author examines various aspects of everyday life (from nature to design, from marketing to politics), in order to reconceptualize them in light of a new pragmatist aesthetics.
|Numero di pagine||72|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2012|