SOPhiA 2013

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programme - Talk

Artification, Artworks and Ontology
(Metaphysics & Ontology, English)

The aim of this paper is to show that the ontology of artworks, as traditionally understood, may draw valuable theoretical inspiration from the latest manifestations of artistic activities which often go beyond art traditionally recognised as such by the institutional art world. Artification, that is combining art with non-art, is an example of this phenomenon. The goal is achieved in three steps.

First, the concept of artification is presented and clarified. I analyze Ossi Naukkarinen's definition of artification and reformulate it in a more clear manner by establishing necessary and sufficient conditions for artification's occurrence. Second, the structure of artified objects is revealed and motivated by comparing then with artworks involving non-art elements. As a result, it is argued that the artified objects gain their art-like status due to a physical and aesthetic integrity with the initial artworks. Finally, the last step provides information how the consideration over artification is useful and inspiring for the ontology of traditional artworks. I list and justify two such inspirations: (i) possibility of substantial change of artworks over time, and, (ii) reconsideration of what is artwork's matter and differentiate it from artwork's medium.

Chair: Thorben Petersen
Time: 14:45-15:15, September 14th, 2013 (Saturday)
Location: HS 101
Remark: CHANGE. The talk is canceled!

Adam Andrzejewski 
(University of Warsaw, Poland)

Adam Andrzejewski (MPhil). University of Warsaw. 2011 master in philosophy. Currently a PhD candidate and research assistant at the Department of Philosophy. His thesis is devoted to ontology of artworks. Publications in analytical aesthetics and ontology.

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