when we speak of future we mean a reserve of time.
contemporary art (CA from here on) by defintion happens in the everlasting now.
CA is pure presence.
CA is (to use a music metaphor) always "on the beat." what gives the beat of CA? modernity! (a five-headed hydra monster defined by opportunistic theorists).
"modernity" is not properly "in time" either. "modernity" occupies a time-interval with open ended, un-referable limits, as diverse, as the trending theorist defending it. for many, modernity phased into post-modernity (a more pluralistic, less imperialistic phase). others, pulling modernity's rubber-band back to the present called it "late" modernity. meanwhile an entrenched few solemnly proclaimed that modernity is still perduring.
what you see is a folding of a thing onto oneself: a klein-bottle.
pure presence means that no "now" will be different from the previous moment. modernity and CA's substance are always (like the message in a bottle) inside the bottle:
without this temporal ecstasy, there is no currency to afford the past-future axis which provides modernity with its "presentness."
axiom I: CA is neither concrete nor abstract (?)
analysis: by definition, CA cannot be a concrete substance, since a substance could only have an instance through an interval of time, but CA transcends time! CA plays the part of of a res cogitans überobject, a Cartesian God outside time.
on the other hand CA cannot be abstracta: abstract entities don't happen in time!
are we dealing with a conceptual mystery?
axiom II: CA is not original
"original" means different tropes vis-a-vis what comes before, i.e., change. but CA —being pure presence— doesn't change. better, CA doesn't have time left to change!
this non-originality needs to be problematized with CA's delivery. the moment a certain art object is presented as CA, we necessarily have a presentation (of (a presentation)).
(about an art object) one can only prove originality when comparing it with past instances. but CA de facto presents itself — always— as original, with no proof ever seeming de rigeur.
and yet, originality means more than present-past comparisons. there exists a present-future mark as well, that is to say, the present sets the tempo (to bring music back) of what's coming in the immediate future. CA however, doesn't deliver. CA is wrung out!
axiom III: CA has no future
1- in virtue of axiom II, any residue of so called "originality" vanishes the moment CA becomes pure presence.
2- consider the prospect that, as pure presence, CA goes on forever. the future, as we know it, is kidnapped by the present.
in other words,
3- CA has no future (let's refer to this essential property of CA as non-futurity). there is one more consequence:
4- non-futurity makes CA automatically self-identical.
which brings me to the following pleonasm:
CA is necessarily redundant.
(to be continued)