The Future of Art

When (five thousand years from now?) science’s plan for fixing everything fulfils itself so that struggle becomes redundant, consciousness is liberated from time, and history is all finished, what might survive of aesthetic considerations?
The edges of those questions now being worked at by science – self-generating artificial hyperintelligence, exhaustive bio-technologies, blistering economies of fuel, limitless mobility, mood-control, virtuality and the negotiation of what is currently experienced as the local self – might also imply a terminal crisis for art, unless it too is working on its highly ambitious plans.
Art occupies the gap it has created between the made-up and the real for the purpose of joining the two in itself, producing supremely pleasurable models of verifiability... As a working definition of the aesthetic project, where failures today provoke mere disappointment, in a future of perfected technique, failure (were it ever to arise) would surely trigger emergency systems of blithe eradication.
© FStapleton 2010

dOr 1  Perspex, concrete, fibreboard, light fitting FStapleton 2010


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