Visual Art The Future of Criticism
posted by July 16 at 16:44 PMon
Let’s think about this for a moment. Mirror neurons in the brain fire when, for example, your finger caresses the tip of someone’s nipple. Mirror neurons also fire in the same way if you happen to see another person’s finger caressing the tip of someone’s nipple. This means the inside is no different from the outside. How you experience your own body is also how you see another human experience their own body. This dazzling discovery increases the value of Spinoza’s philosophy (“no one knows what a body can do”) and Tarde’s sociology (imitation is everything, and everything is social). Mirror neurons not only dissolve the line between external and internal (or at least force us to rethink that line), they also offer art criticism or philosophy of aesthetics an opportunity to dissolve or reformulate the line between the organic and inorganic. Representation is as real as reality.