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The Ontology of a Work of Visual Art as a Process

(Original title: Ontológia výtvarného diela ako procesu)
Filozofia, 63 (2008), 7, 600-610.
Type of work: Papers
Publication language: Slovak

The essay outlines a non-substantialist ontological conception of the work of art, which should grasp the process-like nature of the works of visual art. This process-like ontological model of the work of art draws on following conceptions: (a) the conception of the work of art as an experience in J. Dewey; (b) the conception of the virtual and actual existences as developed in informatics; (c) the conception of a semantic gesture of Jan Mukařovský. In this conception the work of art is seen as a product created by the author/authors together with the viewer/viewers, as an experience, which could be shared inter-subjectively. The whole process is controlled by the semantic gesture, which is unique in each work of art, and which is our guide in actual experience.


Work of art, Ontology, Art as experience, Semantic gesture, The virtual, The actual, Process, Image

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