Belief and Volition
“I have an embarrassing admission to make. I still believe that art can change
the world. I know a work of art canâ€™t feed the hungry or cure AIDS, but a
video, a painting, a poem, all works of art, are endowed with a capacity to
alter a viewerâ€™s perspective on the world. Perhaps, that capacity is weak, and
profound experiences provoked by art may be rare, but my own experiences affirm
that shattering encounters with art can and do occur. My belief in art derives
its vitality from this potential.
In this lecture, I will talk about the conflicting impulses and philosophical
contradictions that inform my work in order to examine structures of belief. I
will specifically address the role of belief regarding volition-the faculty of
power to exert oneâ€™s will.”
Gregg Bordowitz is a writer as well as a film and video maker. His films have been widely shown in festivals, museums, movie theaters and broadcast internationally. His writings have been published in anthologies and numerous publications and journals including: The Village Voice, Frieze, Artforum, American Imago, Art Journal, Documents, and October. In Spring 2002, Bordowitz had a solo museum show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. His book â€”titled The AIDS Crisis Is Ridiculous and Other Writings 1986-2003 â€” was published by MIT Press in the fall of 2004. Bordowitz is a member of the faculty of the Film/Video/New Media Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and he is on the faculty of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.