UDC 7.036

Đenita Kustrić

The Academy of Fine Arts Sarajevo, University of Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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INSAM Journal of Contemporary Music, Art and Technology, Issue 3, 2019

Main Theme of the Issue: Retro Tendencies in Music, Art and Theory

Publisher: INSAM Institute for Contemporary Artistic Music, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Abstract: In the second half of the 20th century, the great technological innovation of synthetic plastic matter as a natural materials surrogate created a major shift in postmodern fine arts as in total civilization. Initially invented to preserve endangered natural resources, overtaking the salvific role, fine arts technologists began to make substitutions and copies of artifacts which needed to speak for the original in their protected absence. For the past several decades it has been scientifically proven that these synthetic masses are not biodegradable. They achieve an aura of endurance and become “super-originals”. Where there is a substitute, a synthetic surrogate, the original is in its absence what I call the “ghosting object”. This principle of the indirect comprehension of life and anthropogenic alternations will deeply influence human communication in general. Living in such a mediated, time-relational reality, one of the tendencies identified and presented here is the reverse archaeology approach — making a past-related artifact from the future. Reverse archaeology is about using fragments of past eras to deduce an image of the vanishing world which produced them and generate a fragment of the world to come.

Keywords: reverse archaeology, copy, post-artifact, ghosting, shift,
boomerang, synthetic, contemporary fine arts


ISSN 2637 – 1898
COBISS.BH-ID 26698502
On the cover: Milan Milojković, Kim-1 klon
 Design and layout: Milan Šuput, Bojana Radovanović

The Journal is indexed in:
CEEOL – Central and Eastern European Online Library
RILM – Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale

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