On the Screen of the Visible: Outlines for an Aesthetic Research across Different Cultures

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Marcello Ghilardi


Taking into account my personal path as a philosopher and as a painter, I try to sketch the perspective on aesthetics that was opened to me by a cross-cultural encounter. The European tradition, on one side, and the Sino-Japanese tradition, on the other side, are the two mirroring currents along which I moved in order to trace a sort of “deconstruction” and a “restructuring” of artistic and philosophical vision. In my painting, I aim for a confluence of different streams of thought by thinking about European informal art and landscape ink-painting of China and Japan. This confluence continues to produce a fertile dialogue, enlivening the deep resources that constitute the core of a subjectivity in process. Aesthetics converts itself into ethics: an ethical move, beyond the opposition of visible and invisible as dull substances, beyond the opposition of immanence and transcendence, is one of the inner goals of this pathway between art and philosophy.

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Ghilardi, M. (2018). On the Screen of the Visible: Outlines for an Aesthetic Research across Different Cultures. Journal of World Philosophies, 3(2), 65-74. Retrieved from https://scholarworks.iu.edu/iupjournals/index.php/jwp/article/view/2155
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Marcello Ghilardi

Marcello Ghilardi is Associate Professor of Aesthetics at the University of Padova (Italy), where he also cooperates with the research group on Religions, Spiritualities, Theologies, and Inquiries (ReSTI). His work focuses on the possibilities and limits of an intercultural philosophy, on aesthetics, and on the theory of painting, crossing his artistic activity as a painter. He has recently published: Il vuoto, le forme, laltro (2014), The Line of the Arch (2015), L’estetica giapponese moderna (2016), La filosofia giapponese (2018), and an art book on his recent paintings: In the Distance of Light (2014).