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A study on the new types of resemblance and the autonomy of the artistic reality

  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Science of Art
  • Abbr : JASA
  • 2008, 28(), pp.145-182
  • Publisher : 한국미학예술학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology

Lee Joo Young 1

1서원대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The discourses of post-modern theorists on the representation lead to reconsider fundamentally the traditional theory of representation that arts represent the reality by the resemblance. These theorists have attempted to replace ‘resemblance’ with such concepts as ‘similarity(similitude)’, ‘simulacre’, ‘figure’, ‘become(devenir)’. By this Attempt, they are going to deconstruct conventional thoughts that limit the abundant world of arts into that of the narrow concepts. They commonly have willingness to make arts free from this reality, making it free from the objective reality. Criticizing and deconstructing the traditional concepts of representation, the post-modern theorists are going to argue the followings. They argue that the meaning of artistic works ultimately could not be determined. They also warn us of the danger that we can make the meaning of arts narrow and distort, adding a wrong meaning to the work of arts. What arts present is not the ‘assertion’, the affirmative argument. The work of arts induces the appreciator to generate the meaning by himself. In this sense the meaning intended in works of artists is actually only one of meanings, that could be realized. Arts show the presence made by artists, not representing that of the ready-made objects. The post-modern theorists assert that arts show the presence made in the process and in the becoming. Their concepts of representation seem to destroy the traditional concept of representation. But what they really destroy is the platonic theory of the imitation being supposed that the idea is more important than the abundance of individuals. In this point of views, they bring into relief the original meaning of Mimesis before Platon. This meaning hereby implied more the meaning of 'expression' of internal reality than the meaning of the imitation. Arts also allow us that we can see the invisible forces behind the visible things, sensation and life, process and event, what serves for abundantly expanding the aristotelian thoughts of arts, that is marked with the Mimesis of nature. This means that arts imitate the forces that lead the nature, the source or the essence of the visible things rather than do the outer resemblance of things.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.