Selected and exposition on Call For Bushwick 2015
Christian Brogi, Winner of CALL FOR BUSHWICK 2015
Title of the Contest: The Rebirth of Wonder
Giorgio Vasari, the founder of modern art history, devotes his “Lives of the Most Eminent Painters Sculptors and Architects” to an endeavor beyond mere historiography. Vasari analyses the nature of art itself by describing in language bellissimo the arts of the Renaissance. He comes once and again on his reasoning to the sense of wonder, of amazement, of awe. The arts are products of genius, wonders of the Nature that resembles itself. Marvels that are recognized by an unequivocal sense of wonder. One who stands in front of The School of Athens “has great reason to marvel, for it amazes all who behold it”, the eminent Raffaello da Urbino was “left marveling and amazed” in presence of Leonardo’s works. Even when he describes the contribution of the patrons of the arts such as Lorenzo de Medici, the Magnificent, Vasari says that he put the means “to amaze the world”.
What do we really know five hundred years after Vasari’s book of wonder and awe? Although several theorists have attempted to define awe and related states, empirical studies of awe are almost non-existent. The scientific community has been taking the “sense of wonder”, more and more in consideration. In 1992 Paul Ekman posited that awe may be a distinct emotion. Recent work has documented a distinct facial expression for awe (Shiota, Campos, & Keltner, 2003), and has provided preliminary data on the personality variables associated with dispositional awe-proneness (Shiota, Keltner, & John, 2006). But it is still very difficult to find agreement on a description of this emotion, in part because the elicitors are so diverse, and the emotion’s function is unclear (Lazarus, 1991).
The most important study about this sense of wonder is “Approaching awe, a moral, spiritual, and aesthetic emotion.” By Keltner and Haidt in 2003. They support a vision of “awe” characterized by two features: perceptual vastness and need for accommodation. They understand vastness, of course, in a wide sense. A stimulus may convey vastness in physical space, in time, in number, in complexity of detail, in ability, even in volume of human experience. What is critical is that the stimulus dramatically expands the observer’s usual frame of reference in some dimension or domain, and that expansion of the frame of reference makes cognitive accommodation necessary.
From this point of view, the one of a contemporary Vasari, Art is what shakes you out of the frame you see the world through, and demands you to change, rethink, relocate, and awe in reverence at the vastness of this world.
hotography, net art, video, mixed media, design, light art, new media art, comics, drawing, collage, pottery, digital art, printmaking and sound installation.Each artist can send a maximum of three artworks.
Artworks can be of any size.
– Aesthetics, originality and creative vision
– Research, impact factor and critical thinking
– Technical skills
– Potential for development in the art world
– Pay a non-refundable fee of
$ 35.00 EARLY Deadline by Midnight of January 15th 2015 or
$ 50.00 REGULAR (EXTENDED) Deadline by Midnight of April 30th 2015
– Upload art images (max 2 pictures for every artwork). Every picture must be max 800 kb. in .jpg, .tiff, .pdf
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The files uploaded cannot be larger than 1MB or 6MB all together.
REGULAR (EXTENDED) Deadline by Midnight of April 30th 2015 (Eastern Time)Winner announcement: on May 5th 2015 through www.callforbushwick.com
Online catalogue publication showcasing the artists selected by the curatorial board.
PRODUCTION AND TRANSPORT OF WORKS
The selection of the winners will be based on the sum of the jurors’ votes.
The jurors perform their role on a volunteer basis. There will be no compensation or refund of expenses for the selection process.
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