By Ulrike Küchler, Silja Maehl, Graeme A. Stout
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Art as communication In his philosophical story, “Voyage to Faremido” (1916) about the ﬁrst ﬁctional robot society and culture, Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy shifts the perspective on the relation between the alien other and alien art to the present and the problem of communication. 19 Throughout the story, other intertextual references include various Enlightenment utopian-dystopian narratives ranging from Voltaire (Micromégas, 1752) to Jean Paul (Der Maschinemann/Machine Man, 1789), as well as contemporaries such as H.
The most important works had titles such as The Head, He, She, Us, It! They placed no limits on the imagination. For example, a head in a ﬂower vase—it could mean anything. However, when the public began to take notice of me, Castringius was forced to produce something more substantial. ” was his obstinate maxim. Now came works such as Mad Pope Innocence Dancing the Cardinals’ Quadrille. , emphases in the original While before the narrator always maintained the role of a distant albeit uncritical observer, it is after viewing these paintings, ironically, that he fully merges with the mindset of “the other side” (and it is only shortly after this that he meets and sees Patera for the ﬁrst and only time).
8 They not only challenge the deﬁnition of the self in its relation to the alien other but (re-)deﬁne traditional concepts of mediality and art in general and established diﬀerences between the written word and other artistic languages in particular. Also, the three works show a shift in and development of the notion of art that is characteristic for the modern era: Kubin’s apocalyptic novel reads as a morbid analysis of the contemporary “state of the art” that centers around convention and the idealization of the past, Karinthy rehabilitates art as a, if not the, means of communication in the present thus unveiling new aesthetic potentials, while Zamyatin’s novel enhances art’s potential by presenting it as a means of cognition in the future.
Alien Imaginations: Science Fiction and Tales of Transnationalism by Ulrike Küchler, Silja Maehl, Graeme A. Stout