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Art as a Function of Ignorance

Painting by Leonardo da Vinci.

Could art (and its attendant adaptive contours of information artefacts or entities that we recognise as religion) ever have become what it was if representational technologies such as Instagram, Facebook or Twitter existed at the time of Jesus’ life, or even the Renaissance? Is religion a function of unknowing and does faith necessarily require the opacity of limited information transmission? Does a Grand Narrative of faith always implicitly depend upon a threshold level of ignorance or communication system inhibition and is this then the door through which unprovable assertions of belief might come to percolate through a cultural (or socioeconomic) system to ascendancy? Does political ideology and narrative also depend upon a background level of inhibited awareness as a function of epistemological opacity? Are all ideological, cognitive or cultural (and national) self-definitions functions of a necessary degree of ignorance or wilful misrepresentation?

Perhaps the presence or emergence of faith requires a certain epistemological darkness, a lack of transparency or free and open access to information, communications systems. Art could hardly have ever acquired its cultural gravity or perceived value in a world in which the salient features of representational value were not relatively rare and thus, as though by some economic principle of inverse value attribution, hyper-inflated in consequence.

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