Why are people interested in art


Dosso Dossi, the world painter Zeus

– – – Please note the caveat at the end of the article.

In her blog post about an ARTE film “Love art, hate art”, artist Katia Kelm states with resignation that most people cannot explain why art is important to them.

what do we learn Art people are so stupid, they don't even know why they are interested in art.

Admittedly, the question “Why are you interested in art?” Is not an easy one to answer.

And in view of the hollow bubbling in the ARTE contribution, I once again have doubts as to why I should actually be interested in art.

I try the following answer:

Where reflection is possible

As a thoughtful person, I want to be where reflection is possible.

Despite the depressingly negative examples in Katia's article, I believe that art is still (for the time being) a field that can ask relevant questions.

- who am I in terms of my possibilities and abilities? (Creativity)

- what is valid and what claims validity? For whatever reasons? The problem of the normativity of art seems to me to be far more problematic than that of the sciences. Because there is no evidence.

- why is beauty sometimes more important than truth?

- what is a writer / producer? And what is a recipient / consumer?

For these and other questions, engaging with art is worthwhile.

The problem, which is also made clear by Katia's article, is that I can find very few people who want to discuss such questions in a meaningful way and not just let off hot air.

I've almost given up and only find solace in books.

And now I am interested in your answer. Why are you interested in art?


This article was written before my acquaintance with the critical thoughts of Claus Borgeest. On the basis of his investigations, it is more than questionable whether 'art' can provide us with substantial knowledge, since it remains uncertain whether these findings can be traced back to artistic processes with sufficient justification. In other words, those that are unique to art. Anything can raise questions, including astrology or homeopathy.

About the author

Stefan B. Adorno, media artist. The Thing Frankfurt 1995 - 2013. Multi.trudi art space 1997 - 2010. ThingLabs blog since 2013. Topics: The end of exhibition art. Open fields of action. Farewell to the audience. Conversation art. All important texts can be found in the Essays section.

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