Friday, January 25, 2013
on the elusiveness of aesthetics
In a little essay the other day, I listed my criteria for the aesthetic: dynamism, shape, subtlety, the uncanny. In the essay linked below, Wittgenstein would accuse my criteria of being nonsense. He says that the aesthetic can't be spoken, only shown. If I decide to agree with him, then I will realize I should not have spoken any criteria. Instead, I should have only shown the aesthetic by posting the Beethoven piece, the Van Gogh image, and the Gillian Prew poem without any commentary.
The Imminence of Revelation