DOI: 10.30443/POI2019-0007

Artistic Practices and Philosophical Practices: Family Similarities and In-Between Experiences

Piero Castellano

The paper revolves around the relationship between philosophical practices and artist pratices investigated from a variety of perspectives that exclude an essentialist vision, in the attempt to find the existing “family resemblances” between them. The movement of deconstruction and self-problematization in place in the areas of art and philosophy converges towards a common tendency, which clearly appears in their incessant re-identification and re-transcription, and — at the same time — towards the trespassing of their esthetic and theoretical borders and domains. Philosophical and artistic practices are bulding together a new scenery in which they overcome their own traditional fields. In Art and Philosophy, conceived as performance exercises in constant metamorphosis, plurality and difference are constantly practised, moving deeper and deeper towards an opening that allows for possible worlds to be created and devised. As minor pratices that do not aspire to any epistemological foundation, they embrance a in-between form of thought and re-configure the traditional relationship between “autor” and “public”. As experiences that cross the thresholds and boundaries, these pratices also affect the political dimension and, more generally, the field of knowledge, by working both for the democratic transformation of society and opening up new opportunities in term of relationships between art and knowledge. In this regard, in the final part of the paper, I try to reconsider the relationship between artistic and philosophical practices in the symbolic forms existing in different cultures, thereby showing that the re-configuration of the link between artwork, thought and life allows us to see the movement that give new meaning to art and philosophy as life-forms.

Key-words: artistic and philosophical pratices, family resemblances, thought in-between, re-transcription, re-signification, deconstruction, life-forms

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P. Castellano, Pratiche artistiche e pratiche filosofiche somiglianze di famiglia e esperienze in-between