Art and Power

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal 14 (Juridicum)
RC37 Sociology of Arts (host committee)

Language: English

The relation between artists and power has always been ambiguous and strongly committed. In history we may think of the avant-garde art of the early nineteenth century; in either way, as strong opposition or as a joint relation toward change, all avant-gardes had a relation to power. We may think of art as a tool for the weberian legitimation of power: create conscience and legitimation of power through a charismatic figure. Art has its power in many ways, one is the symbolic transformation of reality, and political power often has needed art to strentghen its values as propaganda or to create an already coded image for entering popular collective imagination. 
On another level, art itself has a power which is released in time and that cannot be immediately rationally understood, but can immediately be recognised as a kind of power. This theme can therefore be approached on many levels of abstraction, from the relation of artists and artistical movements to power, either economical or political power, up to the power an artistical action itself can exert in society.
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Ilaria RICCIONI, Free University of Bozen,, Italy
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