Arts and Imagination: The constitution of Social Interpretation

Monday, 11 July 2016: 18:15
Location: Hörsaal I (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
Oral Presentation
Paulo MENEZES, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
This communication aims to discuss the relationships between images and the production of knowledge as a moment of the constitution of a social imaginary. These relationships found and direct interpretations and evaluations about the world and the social phenomena that constitute it. It discusses how images construct a particular way of apprehension of social phenomena through a complex elaboration of the imaginary that is the basis of seeing the world by the reference of some specific values and perspectives. As we can see, Sociology of Arts has been changing in the past years, in order to incorporate new and old forms of expressions that were not in the original scope of arts, as arts changes itself in order to incorporate new propositions that become art updated with new social problems and perspectives. New realities instigate new conceptual and methodological approaches and promote new theoretical questions to research. Changing forms of the new arts and the spread of images in everyday relationships suggest reflections on what can nowadays be conceived as art and what is the field of research to a discipline that leads with artistic expression and its social propositions.

I intend to discuss sociological possibilities and strategies in the analyses of art works in their epistemological, methodological or analytical problems and approaches, in order to problematize art works as an important social phenomena that alludes to the observer various possibilities of meaning constitution and interpretation about reality and social organization, social groups and their relational systems of values and social structuration.