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Art and social transformation (2020-)

The concept of social transformation fundamentally refers to those processes in which members of civil society in general, of a collective or community in particular, work towards remaking or rebuilding the society in which they live and in which they wish their heirs to live, based on the principle of the moral perfectibility of societies and, in short, of the human race itself. Life is thus conceived as a possibility of improving the conditions of existence. The project we present here connects art and social transformation. The connection is established from two approaches: firstly, from the perspective in which art plays the role of chronicler of social transformation; secondly, by raising the possibility that art itself can be considered an agent of social transformation, that is, capable of opening up courses of civil action aimed at social change and the improvement of a community's living conditions. While the first approach does not pose excessive problems, beyond determining the way or ways in which this chronicle becomes effective, the second approach poses a capacity of art that, in principle, must be demonstrated, constituting one of the defining tasks of project. The consideration of art as an agent of social transformation is a starting hypothesis that needs to be demonstrated. The possibility of art being considered an agent of social transformation can be seen from two new perspectives: material or factual, in which the problem is the determination of the role played by art in the achievement of certain purposes. From another approach, which we call formal, we conceive the possibility of art generating a genuine experience subject , in the daily attention with it, capable of contributing to the improvement of citizens through the improvement of the critical conscience of its citizens. This is a thesis which, for its part, brings with it a whole series of problems related, among others, to the modern problem of the autonomy of art and other risks associated with the commitment of this paradigm only to a certain subject of internship artistic, usually more avant-garde. The project "Art and Social Transformation" (A&TS) is a good opportunity to analyse and clarify in what sense, or under what conditions, this contribution is factually relevant, historically determinable or efficient, simply from the perspective of the proposed objectives: the social improvement of citizens' living conditions.



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