Monday, 10 March 2014

Into the Divine Darkness: Michael Paraskos’ New Aesthetics



It’s worth sticking with Michael Paraskos’ talk Reviving the Corpse of Art because after about half an hour he gets into an interesting discussion on Orthodox iconography – which, he says, does not have a didactic or decorative purpose but is designed to allow you to glimpse into an alternative reality that in doing so will help heal or save your soul. Paraksos then argues that the aesthetics of Orthodox iconography shares characteristics with anarchist aesthetics and that, by drawing on the two traditions, a New Aesthetics can be created, to challenge and overcome the moribund and nihilistic traits that dominate contemporary art and culture.

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