ARTISTIC WASTE – AN EMERGING PARADOX IN CONTEMPORARY ART
*The article is published in the Language and Publicity Magazine, Philosophy and Sociology Department, NBU and is available only in Bulgarian language. A copy in English can be provided by the author on special request.
The artistic waste will be seen more and more as a topic in future discussions in the art scene. The new globalized world and the present model of how we receive access to artworks and also how they are produced, is bringing us to the stage where we need to stop and think “What will art leave behind for the future generations”. Many artworks produced nowadays are using hazardous materials which can lead to contamination. Many artists will need to consider deeper and further their role in the process of producing but also collecting and storing the art piece. The whole chain of actors is involved in the process of what to do with the new pieces of art – the ones coming after the time of severe industrialization and digitalization. The environmental issues are opening a new perspective which needs to be observed and examined deeply even from the perspective of the art scene. Is one of the most profound and creative sectors of our lives also being a source of contamination? If the answer is yes, we need considerations for how to solve this situation. Otherwise we might be in a process of changing the strong spiritual and metaphorical meaning and purpose of the art in its core.
Key words: Artistic waste, art and environmentalism, new media art, digital art, climate change