The human aspiration par excellence, is and has been above subsistence; to love and to be loved in return.

In that friction the pursued longing has been born, and its best application is contemporary art. The distance between real life and the fantasies of other worlds, other visions, other experiences. Every era has characters and also ghosts where these beings move to break the barriers that limit and frustrate them. Contemporary art is the fiction of societies where the faith of the thinker perceives a crisis, where it is necessary to believe in something. Where the one absolute vision is replaced by a cracked approach and a growing uncertainty about the world we live in.

Contemporary art is not like life, but it tries to give it a meaning, an orientation, a search. Pursuing to discover that something else, existing even if we do not yet perceive it. And in that fragment, in those precise microseconds of inspiration, the creator appears to show it with a whimper, as a deep cry of passion and complete, sublime joy. Demonstrating to himself the value of his effort in solitude, deep and hurtful solitude. Pure creative melancholy.

Tabic societies and transparent societies

We live today with powers that aspire to control any manifestation of art, because they know its strength, they distrust these new symbols and try to seize them through subsidised censorship. Thus they unwittingly establish differences between one art and another. To get out of oneself, to be other, even illusorily, is a way to be less of a slave and to experience the risks of freedom.

In a partitioned society, power not only arrogates to itself the privilege of controlling people, it seeks to subdue their fantasy, dreams, memory, and ingenuity. In a partitioned society the past is subject to manipulation aimed at justifying the present. The only official history is the one that is tolerated, there is no other chance, as was the case in Soviet society. Where truths are not truths per se, but are constructed with artifice, with the self-interested support of amanuensis and scribes, unable to show their free verse. The way to distinguish a partitioned society is to understand fiction and reality, confused and supplanting each other in a constant and capricious alternation of identities.

Transparent societies should be autonomous, independent, with that rebellious point in the search for truth. Where the border between fiction and reality are clearly defined. They coexist, without the one invading or extorting the domains and functions of the other. It is a practice of modern totalitarianism to organise the collective memory, to retouch history to make it an instrument of government. Providing excuses for its perversions is a temptation difficult for those in power to bear.

Abate Bussoni

Editorial published in ARTNOBEL Inspiration Review of Contemporary Art magazine #20 starring Máxima Romero.

Image: Laima, Dynamic NFT, Máxima Romero (MxmR).