2018 | 50 | 137-155
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Wyobrażone, przedstawione, postrzegane. Polityczny kicz i jego polskie przykłady

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The dialectic of the impact of art and politics is based, among other things, on the fact that politics can be treated as a refined form of human thought and social activity (the art of politics) while art is interested in the political. Both these fields have the structure of a discourse. They use material and symbolical resources and in their domains there is a never-ending festival of distribution, reconfiguration and transformation of ideas (energy) into action or presentation. Political kitsch, just as kitsch in art, is about copying an effect which has been considered attractive. It is presented as a spontaneous act while in fact it is an imitation, performed according to a scenario. In art, kitsch is a result of copying others, it is associated with inauthenticity, whereas in politics it is also a manner of interpreting the events presented by the media. This is influenced by the logic of the media activity (simplified message, tabloidization, appealing to the audience’s emotions). In studying political kitsch it is worth referring to the methodology used in research into visual culture. A particularly significant question, and one which requires in-depth research, is whether politics is also judged through aesthetic categories, and whether such manner of its perception may contribute to withdrawal from civic activities. It is also worth considering the thesis whether currently the systems of representation are undergoing transformation, taking into account the various meanings of this word.
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