3rd of March

Theoretical, critical and cultural contexts

  • Definition of context: background, content, information, thing in question, ot historical event in time.

Art is some type of documentation, like Guernica by Pablo Picasso, who documented the horrors of the Spanish Civil War. Context is a means of situating and developing an artist’s work.

  • Defination of theory: what something is, techniques, practice, common sense (cause and effect), experience (empirical knowledge), research, communicating with others, and reflection. Theory is a shortcut for your practice, an ingredient that puts context in what you are doing.

Going to an art gallery is a way of acquiring knowledge, pleasure and entertainment. Theories inform the artist. If you are interested in a book that you finsih reading, look at the bibliography

Personal theories in my work: feminist art theory, historical art theory, latin american art theory, 20th century art theory, symbolic art theory, and hauntology theory.

  • Definition of critical: how something that is in the future could be different, alternative thinking, flexible, expand, critique, opinions from both ways (demolition and constructive criticism), from the inside and outside (understand how does the thing doesn’t recognize its own values e.g. politics, manifestos, doing the opposite of what they say they were going to do, value, non-coherente, and set of values that are not identify with the thing e.g. feminist critiques of male respresentations)

Critique is part of part theory. They can both come before, during or after, the making.

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