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Contemporary Sculptural Haptics in Sociocultural Context

In the paper the phenomenon of the so-called contemporary sculptural haptics is discussed. Under this term the authors understand the quality of contemporary art objects to make sight bodily, that is, to reduce any image or imagery that these objects (be they physical or virtual) attempt to represent to merely physical shapes, which is done in such a way that the horizon of the transcendental appears to be sealed off or cut off by immense sensory overload. Consequently, when dealing with sculptural haptics our eyes rather "touch" the art object (even if it is a seemingly shapeless and amorph sculpture) than look at it. This lack or collapse of transcendental horizon that was once glowing from the inside of things and especially works of art results in a form of sensual eternalism, when art is understood only as something that represents this or that form of "reality", be it the reality of concepts produced by our mind to describe the world we live in or the so-called "physical reality" of dense material objects or any other given, particular, defined form of reality, as opposed to Transcendental Reality as such. It is also stated that haptics of this kind, overall, results in an uncritical attitude when works of public art that are totally irrelated to the unique character of the place are installed in it (the so-called plop-art). Instead of this subtle form of the violence of international market economy and post-capitalism over the residents of the place where such artworks are installed, more subtle and sensitive to the environment site-specific works should instead be preferred.

Contemporary Haptics, Public Art, Plop Art, Site-Specific Art, Sculpture of Ukraine

APA Style

Protas, M., Isychenko, I. (2023). Contemporary Sculptural Haptics in Sociocultural Context. American Journal of Art and Design, 8(4), 99-106.

ACS Style

Protas, M.; Isychenko, I. Contemporary Sculptural Haptics in Sociocultural Context. Am. J. Art Des. 2023, 8(4), 99-106. doi: 10.11648/j.ajad.20230804.11

AMA Style

Protas M, Isychenko I. Contemporary Sculptural Haptics in Sociocultural Context. Am J Art Des. 2023;8(4):99-106. doi: 10.11648/j.ajad.20230804.11

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