ALTERNATIVE FORMS OF SECULAR RELIGION AND RELIGIOSITY - AN EXEGESIS OF THE ARWORK 3
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This exegesis is a complement to, and a critical reflection of the mixed media art work 3, which explores alternative forms of secular religion and religiosity, within the context of contemporary western societies. ‘Alternative’ means that the interest of the investigation lies beyond the institutional and established religions, or other religious organisations or movements. Rather the interests of the research project lies in forms of religion and religiosity as cultural phenomena and subjective experiences that are assumed to be fluid and contextual, fragmentary, trivial and unconscious. Alternative forms of religion and religiosity that are informed or in some way related to a scientific worldview, to technology, and to nature. The work is not only interested in these various forms, but also in how they are disseminated through the media, and their manifestation in popular culture. The exegesis is structured in three parts, and sets out with an introduction of the project’s context, scope, objectives, along with its research questions, a brief historical background, followed by an account of the terminology used in this project. A formal description of 3 will be given in the second part, then I will present its methodologies, an outline of its content, its inception and development, and finally an attempt to situate the work within a broader discourse within contemporary art. The concluding part will open with an account of the main themes expressed through the work, and then a discussion will follow relating this content and its symbolic dimensions to how a semiotic transferal of meaning occurs. Ultimately I will discuss the outcome of the work, and propose some new questions emerging from the art work and from this text.