The SANART Association
was founded by a group of friends from the art world: art historians,
architects, critics, curators who simply wanted to live in an environment
with more aesthethic and artistic experiences. They thought the
solution was to create the possibilities. The initiative was given
by Benoid Junod, a Swiss diplomat who had the habit of enlivening
where he lived with art. The idea evolved to include the organization
of a symposium around which art events could have more impact. This
grew into the concept of unifying art, discourse and text in a single
international event. This had been the basis of SANART's international
symposia since 1992 bringing together "Identity, Marginality,
Space," "Art and Taboos," "Art and Environment,"
"Art and Science" and "Art and Aesthethichs."
I believe that the discipline that unites all artistic interest
is aesthethics and it is therefore appropriate that SANART, which
started as the association for the promotion of visual art in Turkey,
grew into an association of Aesthethics and Visual Culture. It is
also fitting that the first symposium following this change of identity
should be on Aesthethics.
a philosophical and critical discipline is quite new and its adherents
very few in Turkey.* There is a need for a conscious concern for aesthethics,
and the problems that are related to it are overwhelmingly pressing
and urgent. Notwithstanding the fact that Anatolian soil has been
the home of many rich civilisations with their aesthethic sophistication,
the rapid changes brought by the industrialisation and urbanisation
have created a convolution in aesthethic sensibilities. The symposia
that SANART has organised since 1992 on various subjects related to
cultural interests that were relevant at that time, could all be considered
as discourses and subjects related to aesthethics. However, because
of the urgent need of implementation, as well as discourse and discussion,
SANART's method of combining art events and philosophical or critical
inquiry seem to be very appropriate within this cultural context.
We hope that
organising a series of conferences that deal mainly with aesthethics
will also bring another dimension to our interests, namely it will
create a platform where people interested in aesthethics in Turkey
can come together and meet their colleagues from all over the world.
* With all due
respect to Professor İsmail Tunalı who has done pioneering
work on aesthethics in Turkey.
Jale N. Erzen
from Aesthethics and Art In the 20th Century, Ankara: Sanart,
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