The Normality and Van Gogh


Normality and enhancement, reminded me of the artist Vincent Van Gogh, who is quoted on writing: “La normalité est une route pavée : on y marche aisément mais les fleurs n’y poussent pas.” (Normality is a well-paved road; it is good for walking – but no flowers will grow) and how Normality is only normal as long as we, as human beings identify it as normal. Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings (Above, is “Road Running Beside the Paris Ramparts, 1887”) always illustrates glimpses, with bold brushwork and symbolism in colours, something rather modern for his time. I consider this, and wonder, will what we call enhancement today, be the normality, in fifty years time?
If we consider the Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, it introduced a whole new genre, the Science fiction, which today is nothing particularly special as a genre.

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Jelica Veljovic

I loved your example from classic art – it shows how real art have always functioned as a way of broadening our perception, and therfore as a prosthesis for our principles related to normality and abnormality. It would also be ineresting to mention Spanish barroque painter, Diego Velazquez, who painted not only court or royal family, but also enjoyed painting the dwarfs, jesters and other people that was jumping out from the limits of the “normal”. In this way he introduced the “ugly” adn “unpleasant” as an art and aethetic category.

Mikkel Elming
Mikkel Elming
I think it is a interesting point that what is enhancement for one generation will be normal for the next. In another post on this blog Helena Hunter calls the smartphone a tool that is relevant to both normaltivity and enhancement. One might say that these kinds of technological tools are not normal because they are not natural to the human body, but would one note the about cars or clothing? Maybe the question of normality has more to do with averageness than naturality. If so I think that the question of enhancement for one generation being normal for the… Read more »