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Self-Digestion animates Artistic Research. Dialogue as Aestehtic Practice

This contribution exposes the potential of aesthetic practice as critique. Aesthetic practice, in our view, includes practices based on material experience, skills (techné) and judgement as basic conditions of design and art practices. Aesthetic critique as an artistic way of thinking is not reducible to doubting, disassembling and negating, but connects in various ways doubting with offering, disassembling with generating and reflexive understanding with progressive types of acting. A close view on cooking and eating as aesthetic practices will reveal light on various connections between autolysis, transformation, pleasure and conviviality, not only for the aesthetic field in general, but for artistic research in particular. Our observations derive from a fictional dialogue from 1769 between the art critics Denis Diderot and the mathematician Jean Le Rond d’Alembert. In form of a literarily digression, Diderot pulverizes Étienne-Maurice Falconets marble statue “Pygmalion et Galatée” (1763) to make it digestible. Goal of the speculation is nothing less than to demonstrate the blissfulness of all matter.
Plymouth, 2018