Esthétique : l’image contemporaine. L’analyse du concept de l’innovation
(Aesthetics: Contemporary Image. Analysis of the Concept Innovation)
Christiane Wagner holds a PhD with distinction (magna cum laude) in aesthetics and sciences of art from Université Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, where the examining board recommended her thesis for publication: “Esthétique : l’image contemporaine. L’analyse du concept de l’innovation” (Aesthetics: contemporary image. Analysis of the concept innovation), published by Blick 2013. She received a PhD in architecture and design from the School of Architecture and Urbanism (FAU-USP) and a master’s degree in science of communication from the School of Communications and Arts (ECA-USP) and with concepts of excellence (note A) in the all-postgraduate program assessment. Also, her dissertation “In Art: Invention and Artifice,” received recommendations for publication (published by Blücher 2009). Both schools where she obtained her master’s degree and PhD are part of the University of São Paulo (USP), ranked as the best university in Latin America.
Aesthetics, as an abstract phenomenon, always acts between form and perception. Its importance is noticeable yet subjective in economic and political relations and in the dynamics of social relationships by configuring images that establish proximity or distance between humans of different cultures. It idealizes the beauty of form and aims to overcome perceived imperfections. However, this aesthetics study focuses on different conceptions and new forms, aiming at understanding according to the creative context. Other aesthetics trends and notions are observed, along with art history. In visual and applied arts, examples are observed of the configuration of the perfect form. New shapes and contents appear as transformation processes, implying each culture’s order, values, and rules in building social imagery. With the advent of class society, new standards and conceptions began to obey consumption stratification, conditioning technological evolution, and aesthetic principles established in the universe of communication and art, followed by a sense of innovation in configuring images that would define the contemporary individual’s social status. However, only by analyzing creativity in new forms and differentiating imagination and fantasy would it be possible to reach an innovative realization. The image configuration guides itself based on practical reasons to meet social expectations. It is the social imaginary under the recognition of new paradigms that results in innovation. Finally, this work seeks to understand the contemporary image in its aesthetic aspects, contextualizing the global and contemporary dynamics to understand the present better to build the future, even imaginatively, seeking innovation as a social solution through a collective and optimistic process. Book published by Blick, 2013.
“Technology is a strong example of the invention. As a human creation, it is the invention itself, the result of imagination and thinking. As a creature, it becomes a challenge and demands, from this same human being, imagination and thinking about its influences in the social model and what influences it. Technological development can also be seen as a creator and re-creator of messages. Given that humanity reached development and the “wonders” of technology, the need for a new understanding of its ethical repercussions is stressed. Therefore, it is urgent to explain the imagination and think on the level of human creation, on the level of cultural concreteness, in the various dimensions in which they manifest themselves. Human knowledge about this is still very hazy and has many gaps. Its meticulous study, in any of its dimensions, is always relevant, desirable, and necessary. And what revalues the imagination revalues the subject. This book, authored by Christiane Wagner, fits in there. Focusing on the question of imagination, it innovates by following a model of analysis (perhaps the best expression is a model of understanding) that distances itself from the Cartesian tradition of thinking. It goes far in the search for explanations in which it shows a commitment to focus on the theme of invention and on artifice in the context of broad dimensions.” Paulo de Tarso Oliveira, in the preface to my book, was a member of the scientific advisory board for my dissertation at the University of São Paulo. My dissertation was nominated for publication in the form of a book by the examining committee. Book published by Blücher, 2009.