Aesthetic Theory, Feminist Art, and Autonomy
Aesthetic focus on conscious immediacy and the exemplarization of the experience opens the possibility of autonomous reconfiguration of experience. Performance art, especially feminist performance art, illustrates the way in which exemplar representation leads to reconfiguration. It shows us the way in which new content arises from the aesthetic experience. Feminist art, of Scheemann or Orlan, for example, and feminist aesthetics of Hein and Brand, illustrate the role of freedom in exemplarization of consciousness in the experience of art. It confronts us and challenges us to exemplarize consciousness in a new way. All art does this, but feminist artists, seeking to provoke and challenge ordinary consciousness, conceptions, and conventions, break down quotidian response to things, including art, to reach beyond the ordinary to the extraordinary experience of the creation of novel content out of aesthetic experience.
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