Do any of you find yourselves engaged in such a thing? I'm familiar with the concept of aesthetic imperative in art concerning works that are primarily conceptual, textual, ephemeral, etc., but I have to admit that this form of artistic practice, as recognized in Theory in Contemporary Art Since 1985
, is new to me.
See Grant Kester's essay
Described in contrast to Habermas' model which apparently belittles the significance of listener in dialogue, this form of artistic practice acknowledges the value of just simply listening--to the degree that it is integral to the practice. How bizarre, and wonderful! To read that listening (and much more as written in the essay) has made it's way into the realm of contemporary art. I love it, myself, because I feel like I can empathize with this value system. So dialogical aesthetics is practiced not within a conversation which one speaker tries to "win," but rather, tries to empathize with the other, any Other, to a degree that redefines the speaker's understandding as self. I do think this happens in conversations all the time, but now that it has found its way into the field of contemporary art, aside from "the fine art of speech," I see that it, as a definitive phenomenon or artistic practice, can be objectified, and ultimately commodified. After all, I bought the book that introduced me to the idea, and I would probably pay to witness or participate in a performance involving it.
So what do you all make this, dialogical aesthetics?