Presenter: Riccardo Carli (Confirmation milestone)

In this paper I will compare Nietzsche’s aesthetical position with Nicolas Bourriaud’s 1998 Relational Aesthetics. The dialogue between the two can unearth some essential features of the human artistic experience, avoiding the respective limits of each. Bourriaud succeeds in taking a Nietzschean idea of art as the ‘creation of living possibilities’, while avoiding the limitations implied in Nietzsche’s conception of an art only for artists. Nonetheless, Bourriaud talks only about a very particular trend of contemporary art: Nietzsche can help to enlarge the descriptive power of the theory, reaching a new essential definition of art in general. Beside this, it is also possible to retrace a relational ontology in Nietzsche: an ontological description of life and reality, which finds its ancestors in Heraclitus and Boscovich, and remains in the background of his entire philosophy.


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