Material anamnesis and the prompting of aesthetic worlds: The psycho-historical theory of artworks1

Nicolas J. Bullot

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    Abstract

    Many scholars view artworks as the products of cultural history and arbitrary institutional conventions. Others construe art as the result of psychological mechanisms internal to the organism. These historical and psychological approaches are often viewed as foes rather than friends. Is it possible to combine these two approaches in a unified analysis of the perception and consciousness of artworks? I defend a positive answer to this question and propose a psycho-historical theory, which argues thai artworks are historical and material artefacts designed to prompt mental activities and elicit the conscious experience of aesthetic worlds. My argument suggests that the material components of artworks - termed their 'material substrata'- are crucial mediators between historical contexts and the mental activities elicited by the perception of artworks.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)85-109
    Number of pages25
    JournalJournal of Consciousness Studies
    Volume16
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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