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focused on developing its first productions from reality, for reality. What is the ‘role’ of art, in a world that is real, tangible, already crafted and constantly rolling?

This is an introduction to ’s reply to this question and to the approach inspired by this reply.

0 ART — from Latin artem (nominative ars) “work of art; practical skill; a business, craft,” from Proto-Indo-European *ar(ə)-ti- (source also of Sanskrit rtih “manner, mode;” Greek artizein “to prepare“)

1 The ‘role’ of art equals the world currently being realised. The only world we live in and know, we know it through creative principles and creations. History, identity, science, feelings, time and space, and everything else that has a name: it’s all, strictly, art.

1.1 Artworks are the creations, selective and definitional, that we perceive as real, tangible and in constant evolution.


2 In principle an artwork amounts to a definition of reality, presented in and through specific disciplines, and is intrinsically meant for developing and enhancing. Our ἔργα don’t just replicate, analyse, or reference reality — they first and foremost define it. Art is pure human ability, pure production, of which fine art is the end of the spectrum. 


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3 Essentially, any definition ‘bears the seed’ of realising — of finalising reality.

3.1 Always been this way, and always will be. Today our definitional scope is becoming increasingly more evident, as our manipulatory and creative tools grow incomparable to what they used to amount to even just sixty years ago.

3.2 Art realises by giving reality the image, the structure, the likeness of its themes.

3.2.1 In this sense, different ÆSTHETICS correspond to different (merely stylistic) solutions to the relationship between the composition of an artwork and its theme.

3.2.2 The elements of an artwork — its characters, its spaces, its eventualities … — always define the artwork’s theme: they provide definitions of what the work is about — e.g. definitions of solitude, of family, of possession. The way in which these various definitions relate to each other in providing a final definition of the theme is the way in which the theme of the artwork is realised.

3.2.3 An ÆSTHETICS corresponds to a compositional and experiential style shared by a group of works that keep constantly in common a unique, grounding feature: the relationship by which the elements realise the theme within an artwork.

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Recollect!
Respect the work beyond the words
because this is vain, hasn’t got much importance

“We think that things are fixed, that we receive the phenomena of the world and that we’re not part of creating that which we behold. But we are definitely part of creating that which we behold”, and this is kind of a gentle climb to make you realise that.

Fill your minds with everything that is noble, everything that is true, everything that we love and honour, and everything that can be thought virtuous or worthy of praise.