Welcome to JJJ review website!
This page lays out the purpose of the JJJ Review website. Mainly, we wish to promote a comprehensive reinvention of the critical reviews of cultural products in this networked environment. We define critical art as “a type of art that sets out to build awareness of the mechanisms of domination to turn the spectator into a conscious agent of the world transformation” (Ranciere). Our hope is to engage our readers in debate and evaluation of a cultural work such as films and literature.
Our critique (review) will mainly interact with three aspects of an art piece.
3) Entertainment (Art as solace)
Defining aesthetics is extremely difficult; thus it is wise to borrow from a certain philosopher. “Aesthetics is not a domain of thought whose object is ‘sensibility’. It is a way of thinking the paradoxical sensorium that henceforth made it possible to define the things of art. This sensorium is that of a lost human nature, which is to say of a lost norm of adequation between an active faculty and a receptive faculty. The origin of art, said Hegel, resides in the act of the child who skims stones, transforming the surface of the water, that of ‘natural’ appearances, into a surface for the manifestation of his lone will.” It is up to the readers to interpret this succinct definition. We believe that a great art should entail both the force of sense’s legibility & the force of non-sense’s strangeness.
To say a certain piece of art is ethical does not necessarily mean that it is didactic. Rather, it pertains to its awareness of its effect, its role in the “distribution of the sensible.” It should give a spectator a chance to broaden her/his perspective and sub-consciousness. The ethical aspect of an art has to be subtle, nuanced, and egalitarian. To say it more plainly, “Literature (and film) makes us better citizens because it trains us to understand others. Narrative imagination is an essential preparation for moral interaction. It makes us more capable of compassion, which involves the recognition that another person, in some ways similar to ourselves, has suffered some significant pain or misfortune” (Nassbaum).
Without the entertaining aspects of an art work, the impetus and attraction would be lost. We seek out art for the solace, to remind us that we are not alone in sorrow, joy, nostalgia, yearning and a infinite hope for redemption.
Moreover, I hope to provide a unique experience to my readers by presenting a review using a variety of multimedia platforms, an experience that cannot be felt in a traditional newspaper or magazine. How we interpret and consume cultural products is evolving quickly due to progress in the social media environment; I believe the reviews should adapt adequately.
Thank you for visiting! We writers of JJJ Review hope you enjoy reading these reviews as much as we have enjoyed writing them.