Unreal Nature

August 20, 2017

Not Accepted Any Longer

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… One strives to act and create directly in the unitary event of being as its sole participant; one is unable to humble oneself to the status of a toiler, unable to determine one’s own place in the event of being through others …

Continuing through the essay ‘Author and Hero in Aesthetic Activity’ in Art and Answerability: Early Philosophical Essays by M.M. Bakhtin edited by Michael Holquist and Vadim Liapunov (1990):

… A confident unity of style (the great and powerful style [of art history]) is possible only where a life’s cognitive-ethical tension or directedness constitutes a unity, where the task-to-be-achieved that governs its directedness is incontestable. That is the first condition. The second condition consists in the incontestability and confidence of the position of being situated outside that life, in the firmness and incontestability of the place of art in the whole of culture.

[line break added] A fortuitous position of outsideness cannot have any confidence itself; style cannot be fortuitous. These two conditions are intimately connected with each other and mutually interdependent. The great style encompasses all domains of art or it does not exist at all. For it is first and foremost a style of seeing the world, and only after that — a style of working the material.

It should be evident that style excludes innovation in the creation of new content, resting as it does on the stable unity of life’s cognitive-ethical value-context. Thus, Classicism does not seek to produce new cognitive-ethical values, a new directedness of lived life as such, but, rather, it applies all its strength to the moments constituting aesthetic consummation and to the immanent deepening of life’s traditional directedness from within itself. (The novelty of content in Romanticism; the contemporaneity of content in Realism.) Tension and innovation in the creation of content are, in the majority of cases, already a sign of a crisis in the domain of aesthetic creation.

The crisis of authorship: the very place of art in the whole of culture, in the event of being, is reevaluated; any traditional place of art appears to be unjustified; the artist is something determinate — it is impossible to be an artist, it is impossible to become totally part of this limited sphere; the point is not to surpass others in art, but to surpass art itself; the immanent criteria of a given domain of culture are not accepted any longer, nor are the domains of culture as determinate cultural domains.

[line break added] Romanticism and its idea of integral or “total” creation and of “total” man. One strives to act and create directly in the unitary event of being as its sole participant; one is unable to humble oneself to the status of a toiler, unable to determine one’s own place in the event of being through others, to place oneself on a par with others.

My most recent previous post from Bakhtin’s book is here.

-Julie

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