:: Volume 5, Issue 19 (8-2016) ::
کیمیای هنر 2016, 5(19): 57-70 Back to browse issues page
Contemporary Beauty: A Turn from Objective and Subjective Point of View to the Event
Farideh Afarin *
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Beauty has different types of definition in the history of aesthetics. Objective beauty stems from plato’s point of view. Kant and Nitzsche were pioneers in proposing subjective beauty and Heidegger`s definition of beauty as event is so fundamental in contemporary philosophy. French philosophers drew inspiration from Heidegger to provide new definition for beauty and it`s criterion. Levinas played an important role in breaking definition of beauty from ordinary world. He defined art and beauty in relation to ambiguity and exotisme. Contemporary artist, Orlan with her surgeries struggles the conventions of ideal beatuy. She also separates her way from stereotypes, images and cliches in video games, TV and magazins and criticises women for being object of men and artist`s gaze. Through her controversial performance/surgeries she transformes herself to a moving sculpture who has a strange face; for example, she implanted two prosthesis in two side of her forehead instead of cheekbones which seemed like horns. Thus, ideal and subjective beauty has converted to an strange and exotic event. This event is exterior to the circle of visual requirements of artistic systems and rules.

Keywords: event, beauty, aesthetics, contemporary art, Orlan
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2016/12/3 | Accepted: 2016/12/3


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