ATPdiary invited some curators to point out three international artworks that summarize – or are meaningful of – three historical periods. 

One from the past, even very distant.

One from the present, focusing on the contemporary moment.

One from the future, with a strong perspective, in a nutshell, towards what’s next. 

Marco Tagliafierro

Past —

“The basis of artistic creation is not what is, but what might be; not the real, but the possible. Artists create according to the same principles as nature, but they apply them to individual entities, while nature, to use a Goethean expression, thinks nothing of individual things. She is always building and destroying, because she wants to achieve perfection, not in the individual thing, but in the whole.”
Rudolf Steiner, The Aesthetics of Goethe’s Worldview
Mikalojus Konstantinas ?iurlionis nasce a Varena (Lituania meridionale) il 22 settembre 1875 .SPARKS (III),   Tempera on paper. 1906

Mikalojus Konstantinas ?iurlionis nasce a Varena (Lituania meridionale) il 22 settembre 1875 .SPARKS (III), Tempera on paper. 1906

Present —

«Darei l’intera Montedison per una lucciola», scriveva Pier Paolo Pasolini nel 1975.

Reto Pulfer,   Exhibition view of "Dehydrierte Landschaft" (solo) at Centre d'art contemporain,   Geneva,   2015

Reto Pulfer, Exhibition view of “Dehydrierte Landschaft” (solo) at Centre d’art contemporain, Geneva, 2015

Future —

Max Bense, already in his first book “Space and I” [Raum und ich. Eine Philosophie über den Raum (1934)] which he wrote as a young student one finds particularly aesthetical views. The titles of chapters like “Mathematics and Beauty” [Die Mathematik und das Schöne] , “Space and Dance” [Raum und Tanz], “Gestalt and Mind” [Gestalt und Geist] show the starting point of all his researches, namely, that art and mathematics are very closely connected. Many concepts which are investigated in later books are already introduced here , i.e.: “aesthetical experience”, “aesthetical process”, “uniqueness”, “fragility”, “act of selection”, “aesthetical state”, “state of relativity”, and so on. He sees the most compelling connection between mathematics and aesthetics in the “act of selection”, in mathematics through the “selection of consciousness”, in aesthetics through the “selection of feeling”.

Max Hooper Schneider Figure 1: Living Epoxy; a Study on the Disarticulation of Delphinapterus Leucas,   2013. Cast photoluminescent epoxy,   20 x 10 x 8 feet installed with soundscape by Jorge Elbrecht.

Max Hooper, Schneider Figure 1: Living Epoxy; a Study on the Disarticulation of Delphinapterus Leucas, 2013. Cast photoluminescent epoxy, 20 x 10 x 8 feet installed with soundscape by Jorge Elbrecht.