Monday, 27 April 2009

On Theory of Arts

I told you before that I'm studying Theory of Art.

Why am I doing this?

Well I'm

not completely sure, but one first reason is: I have some free time by studying this, and that's an important point.

Second: I like Arts, I like to read and, a good point: this 'career' can be a good starting point to give you some knowledges concerning to other fields (Philosophy, Sociology, Anthropology, Politics, Archaeology, etc) of knowledge.

Well, I don't really know what will I do in the future. I don't even know if I'll continue studying in this field, or if I'll study another career, or if I'll leave university. I don't want starting work immediately after concluding this degree, and of this I'm sure.

What else can I say?

Art theorists or historians don't necessarily contributes directly to society (maybe they are, in some ways, dispensable in a basic one), but they inevitably work inside the system, by saying what is "a real artwork" and what isn't; by legitimizing some practices and valuing pieces of art; or by contributing to state cultural politics. Art theorist can also think about social and political problems starting from art-related thoughts.

An art theorist must know well, at least, some specific period in Art History. He/she must know the History of the different theories of art too, and must be conscious of the current problems concerning to Aesthetics, being capable to take part in present discussions.
I'm not sure about what is my favourite subject in this degree currently. Maybe one concerning on vanguards and problems related to it.

Monday, 20 April 2009

A nice holiday

I'll tell you about the city of Valdivia, which I visited twice in my life. Then it was placed in the 10th region of Chile, known as "Región de los Lagos" (Region of Lakes), but nowadays it's placed in a recently created region: the 15th, called "Región de los Ríos" (Region of Rivers), because Valdivia's population wanted to have their own regional district, and the name's because there are many big rivers. Valdivia itself is a city built around the river Calle-Calle, a very beautiful one.

I went there with my father the two times, and the last one (about six years ago) just before a great trip to Chiloe. Then we did many things: first, we spend a lot of time trying to find a place to stay in. Later, we ate in different places, drank Valdivian beer, walked around the river, bought some things, visited some interesting buildings and, of course, talked a lot about almost everything. By example: we talked about the 1960 earthquake, one of the most severe ever registered, and its consecquences to the city: almost every old building has been destroyed. Anyway, Valdivia is one of the most beautiful places I ever visited. The landscape the river brings is wonderful. I recommend you to go there someday.

Monday, 13 April 2009

Let me please introduce myself

Hi everybody. I'm Ignacio and I was born in 1987 in Santiago, Chile. I study Theory of Art (like the great Art Blakey's disc) at Universidad de Chile. I like arts very much, specially painting: but, anyway, music is that I like best. I really love music and I have an extensive musical taste. I like to read too: novels, poetry, tales, essays, History, Philosophy, etc. And maybe there's no many things more to tell about myself, but I hope I'll write some interesting things here. I hope I'll improve my poor English, too.

-Ignacio C.