Picture Without Frame: How Do We Recognize Aesthetic Objects?

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Varvara Kobyshcha

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: December 5, 2014

Abstract

The paper aims to explore how aesthetic objects are constituted in the process of perception. Most of the studies of arts in social sciences take an artwork for granted and assume that it is seen because it is meant to be seen. Using examples of recent works in the sociology of art, I demonstrate that this question is usually ignored by the researchers, even though their empirical data reveals its importance. To overcome this disadvantage I suggest a theoretical analysis which includes Simmel’s aesthetic theory, phenomenological concepts of attention and contemporary approaches to perception in the sociology of art. As a result, I formulate a set of guiding conceptual principles and apply them to the study of the architectural festival “Arkhstoyanie.” The empirical cases provided in this paper show how and why certain artworks become an object of contemplation, disappear, or achieve a multiple presence.

Keywords: aesthetics, contemporary art, materiality, perception, phenomenology, sociology of art

JEL Classification: Z

Suggested Citation

Kobyshcha, Varvara, Picture Without Frame: How Do We Recognize Aesthetic Objects? (December 5, 2014). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 79/HUM/2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2534334 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2534334

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