This digital object has been developed from the University of Barcelona in Fine Arts Degree context, most specifically, in Contemporary Visual Arts Subject.
I’m Asier Aristregui, one of the students of Fine Arts degree at the Barcelona University (UB). During this semester, I’ve taken part in the subject Contemporary visualities, a subject that has tabled multiple questions around four main foundations: The look, the desire, the process of colonization/decolonization and finally, the artistic capitalism.
It has been a convulse course for me due to the hierarchy established at the classes. If we think about the main organization of a class, or going far than that of a classroom, we’ll think of a professor talking and a group of people listening to him. In this case, the dynamic was different. There were days that the class would follow this model, or days where we would sit in a circle and talk about the suggested questions. In the last ones, discussions between students would take place. It is true that this formulae for learning is a confusing one when a student comes from a more restricted kind of classes. But it is also true that this structure can lead to a more profound knowledge, and when saying this I do not talk about a broad cognition but about a more influential one which leaves a profound mark in the student. Thus, one of the main questions that has born into me during this course has been the suitability of this kind of education and inside of what ambits would be adequate.
In addition and going into the content of the course I would say that the main learned thing is the way that images construct our social imaginary, and from this, it distills the main question that has been harassing me: How they construct around me. The construction of our bodies, our reality, and the way we look and how this constructed machinery, is an engine for setting what is good and what is wrong. The movement that we can make against this is called Decolonization – in the other hand is positioned colonization, concept that we have treated in the last lines -. This movement can lead to a real knowledge of the individual by breaking the known when calling into question the anterior architectures of the individual’s mind. When this movement takes place, the individual can question himself how we wants to rebuild this knowledge.
In conclusion, the idea of the digital object made for this subject is mainly directed by this two questions: how they build us, and what can we make for breaking this, and they translate in the colonization and decolonization process. The rest of the concepts brought up in the Contemporary visualities do not content the same significance as this two concepts.
From now on, we can only question ourselves, try to discern the convenience of the constructed structures for us, and building them again.
By: Asier Aristregui