AESTHETIC ONTOLOGY – July 2014

A research residency by Maria Antónia Gonzales Valerio (MX).

Bioart is a new form of art with specific characteristics and aims. In order to state this, one should provide a definition of bioart that explains the newness and to what extent it differs from traditional art forms. Bioart is the expression of the technoscience epoch; it brings about an interaction of science, technology and art that should be explained in order to understand not only bioart as a new form of art, but the way in which this technoscientific epoch finds in bioart perhaps its better way of artistic expression. The philosophy of art, which has created art definitions in the past decade, is not sufficient to analyze the ontological consequences of bioart. The framework to deal with bio art that I propose is aesthetic ontology, since from this point of view it is possibly to analyze art in a wider perspective that includes aesthetical concerns, such as art definition and aesthetical means, and ontological problems, such as the configuration of space-time, and also epistemological problems, concerning truth and life definition.

Maria Antónia Gonzales Valerio (MX)

González Valerio, María Antonia, Prof. Dr. phil., born 1977 in Mexico City; studied philosophy at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Ph.D. and Postdoctoral studies in philosophy and aesthetics. Since 2010 Full Professor of Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature, UNAM. Leader of the research group “Arte + Ciencia (Art + Science)” at the UNAM. Author of the books: Un tratado de ficción. Ontología de la mimesis and El arte develado. Consideraciones estéticas sobre la hermenéutica de Gadamer.

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