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the meta as an aesthetic category

Published on Nov 19, 2015

About metapictures and art.


the meta as an aesthetic category

Anna Cow

Find the article in: Journal of Aesthetics & Culture

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Meta in images is an aesthetic category not a logical category?

The experience of meta in art is a reflective experience.
The structure 'meta' lies in the subject, not in the picture?

The experience of art is a reflective experience.
The category 'art' lies in the subject, not in the picture?

If art is in the spectator, anything could be art. That is what dada and lots of other artists meant.
What makes art? Art is a social event, It is not based upon a individual reflection, but on the discours in a social group.

A metapicture does not have any “meta” quality, but its apprehension activates a specific cognitive function that is based upon an interweaving pattern. Held to be the cause of this cognitive status, those pictures are seen as metapictures.

A same object functions as different elements depending on how it is considered.

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is the source of meaning

Being a work of art is not a quality, but a function, of the object. An object is not essentially a work of art? Does it need implemention?

Viewers see a metapicture either as a picture or as something about a picture?

The experience of metapicture gets all its aesthetic relevance simply because it initiates a particular cognitive process failing to clearly identify the object of its perception.

Since being a spectator is primarily not being a spectator of an object, but of one's own means of perception and cognition, the experience of the metapicture should actually be named as the meta-experience of the picture.

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Citation: Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, Vol. 6, 2014 http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/jac.v6.23009
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