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The Problem of Sincerity in the Intention to Communicate Through the Work of Art Seen From the Point of View of Empirical Aesthetics: The Cases of Sun Choi and Lee Ufan

  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Science of Art
  • Abbr : JASA
  • 2023, 70(), pp.190-220
  • DOI : 10.17527/JASA.70.0.09
  • Publisher : 한국미학예술학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Received : August 16, 2023
  • Accepted : September 12, 2023
  • Published : October 31, 2023

Ji-Min Son 1

1단국대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Sun Choi and Lee Ufan both claim that their production starts from experienced facts and that their central aim is to communicate those facts. This common goal is described as “undissembled art” and “sincere epistemology” respectively. Presupposed here is the sincerity of their intention to communicate; their aim being to make manifest such intention via artwork. Simultaneously, the artwork merely indicates intention and cannot become their actual manifestations. If the intention to communicate can rightly be ascribed to every artistic process, it is necessary to reflect on the conditions by which intention can be cognized and its sincerity can be recognized. Since the spectator must attempt to understand such intention within experience, this article will turn to non-speculative, empirical aesthetics to establish the conditions under which sincere communication can be realized. Consequently, both artists fulfill the requirements of sincere communication by forming their intention from affective experience of a set of lived facts. Meanwhile, they differ regarding the compatibility with the conditions of sincere communication crystallized by evolutionary or neuro-biology, and regarding whether their claim of sincerity can be cognized in their works to allow a strict enough homology with their stated intention.

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