Do we forget the ability to develop needs, to identify things, to assess their value and allow nothing to go undone? Art can fulfil the role of prompting a different way of thinking, perhaps to be uplifting and to win over the public for itself – all in a positive way. It can also challenge them, or completely fail and be bland, fail to evoke any interest and simply stand there. Boring fades from public memory. When it comes to art, the aesthetic judgement mainly comes down to the question of what people like and what people don’t like. This like or dislike is more present today than ever before. The question must be asked as to whether you can still view something as an object or the idea of an aesthetic judgement at all or as a manifestation of a moral existence? In truth, hardly. In times of Instagram, Facebook and other social media platforms online, it is mainly about what people like. If you don’t get a “like”, your self-confidence will suffer. Carefully composed selfies and affected poses are part of every day life and the message is clear: get involved or you’re out! In times of almost perfect colour fidelity thanks to the immensely high number of megapixels, mobile phone pictures in yellowed, square Polaroid formats have emerged. What is that? Who decides that this is now trendy? Who says that only this type of picture or completely general impressions are good or not?
Long gone are the days when it was about the true perception of such pictures. We have learned to forget to see it. Adam Smith poses the argument in his Theory of ethical thought that empathy produces the attitude of the impartial observer. Where else is this empathy so actively and at the same time so strongly shaped by the power of judgement as in art? Should we not gradually move away from this strange society, shaped by a predominant group that shows us how we are supposed to see things. We rarely follow our own, spontaneous impulses. We subject ourselves to a foreign command, to a modified behaviour that everything that is different to us in itself is rejected. Your own perception, which results from the ability to understand things and measure values should once again become a necessity. We should once again approach the goal of making art about presenting imagined worlds, in the face of which we can develop our own impartial view and interest within our own natural aesthetic attitude. The exhibit”Amygdala. Or what we miss when faced with art“ deals with just that subject. Claudia Breitschmid, huber.huber and Lilly Lulay tackle the question of seeing, showing and not showing.