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Environment, Space, Place

Volume 2, Issue 2, Fall 2010

Roger Paden
Pages 45-62
DOI: 10.7761/ESP.2.2.45

The Technological Production of a Space for Art and Environmental Aesthetics

This paper argues against evolutionary accounts of aesthetics by defending the idea that our fundamental aesthetic categories have undergone great changes in the last two millennia, in particular, during an “artistic revolution” that lasted from 1680 to 1830. This revolution was made possible by the development of a number of technologies of art that created a separate cultural space for this new invention. The attempt to extend this revolution to include the aesthetic appreciation of the natural environment is aided by a new set of technologies that help make an aesthetic object out of natural environments. This even more recent development is further evidence against an evolutionary explanation of art.

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