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“Aesthetics, consolation or demonstration of the truth”: Olga Kheifits on the functions of art

Date: September 24, 2023 Time: 19:43:14

Let’s start with the fact that art is a mind game and exists only in human perception.

Freud, and after him many psychoanalysts, assumed that art is a place where a person escapes from the difficult reality of life. This is sublimation, the process of turning libido into socially useful achievements.

That is, according to psychoanalysis, art is a space where an artist can fulfill dreams, desires and longings. Forbidden or just fantastic. In a book or on a canvas, he is able to tame a dragon, tame any beauty, obtain what cannot be obtained in ordinary life, and become a hero.

Vladimir Nabokov, like many other creators, challenged and even condemned the psychoanalytic interpretation of art. He considered that Freud’s ideas were satanic, charlatan and defended the fact that “art is a divine game. It is divine, because it is what brings a person closer to God, making him a true full-fledged creator. For all that , art is a game, because it remains art only as long as we remember that in the end it is only fiction, that the actors on stage are not killed…”

Hansen Taylor
Hansen Taylor
Hansen Taylor is a full-time editor for ePrimefeed covering sports and movie news.

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