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Robert Wittendorp

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Robert Wittendorp | The conceived being (world)
Crucifix (roadkill)

Verloren zijn zij, die verstaan. Veroordeeld en verlaten.
Zalig de verlorenen, zij die lijden. Van vreugde verstoten, in leegte gehuld.
The being of modern (Western) man is controlled by technology, which stems from an urge for the concrete and makeable. The human being wants to be omnipotent (will-to-power) in order to escape from his destiny (mortality). The individualistic society is detached from (its) nature without taking responsibility for his/her actions as an individual. From a purely rationalistic approach man dominates the world as if he was the omnipotent God himself. This way, man is totally alienated from his being (self) and the world around him as it occurs.

The conceived being (world)

We as (western) human ‘beings’ live in this conceived world. Everything we do stems from that what we (as humans) have devised (conceived). The question is to what extent this imagined (devised/conceived) world relates to the real world.

This is how I behold the world. During the MA Fine Art, I want to explore the validity of this view and give it a theoretical substantiation by looking at trends within philosophy such as phenomenology and existentialism. Also its relevance in the present time is an important issue of research. In this way I want to create a more informed context from which I could make images that show and undergo the experience.

It follows the extent to which art (image) is able to make the sensory experience. When is the image an object and what does it take to transcend this status of the image to establish a direct connection to the subject and his experience (as sound or fragrance appear to do this much easier)? Aesthetics, as derived from the Greek word aesthesis (perception, feeling) could serve as a guideline.
And, in a broader perspective, how can art (image) be shown, so that it actually appeals to this experience? Is this possible within the current cultural setting of galleries and museums?
For me technology and animal (nature) are important elements in all these questions, and perhaps the answer lies there as well (Jacques de Vaucansons Digesting Duck).
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This is the very first version of the proposal as submitted during the entrance exam and therefore subject to constant evolution.

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