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9 The Innovative Role of Art in the Time of the Absence of Myth

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Our humanism remains deaf and blind as long it doesn't hear the myths. In his treatise on the sociology of art, Jean Duvignaud insists on this collective aspect. Bataille not only stressed the radical novelty of art at a moment in time during human evolution, he also revealed art's essence, art's main subject and art's potential in terms of sovereignty and autonomy. There cannot be a vanguard with radical innovation, as radical artistic creativity does not deal with going further but with redefining ways to go. The population finds itself in state of total political apathy, in the most complete sort of privatisation. Death itself, a new kind of death, hovers in the air. The crisis can also be dealt with kind of sacred panic that might set in motion creativity and innovation thus leading to an imaginary that does not allow political apathy and economic domination.

Keywords: art sociology; death; myth; radical innovation; sacred panic; total political apathy; vanguard

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