Vienna, Austria

This year, the sixth edition of the Calle Libre Festival for Urban Aesthetics addresses the theme of duality - complementary or even irreconcilable opposites. The duality of all things. Is everything in our worldview to be based on two original principles? Positive and negative, true and false, light and dark, material and immaterial? 

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Through an artistic approach, we explore the principle of duality and ask: isn’t the “world” as we know it, a complex overall structure including multiple perspectives, not just black and white ones? Everyone divides their world into differing states - he or she judges whether something is positive or negative. Reality is hence a creation of our intuition.

Art constitutes a prime example of something that cannot be simply defined as beautiful, ugly, complacent or useless, because mankind has been plagued for centuries to find a suitable definition for it. This exemplary circumstance illustrates very well how complex our thinking and judgment about the things of this world are. It shows how dependent our "black-and-white" thinking is on our cultural and historical environments. Art thus creates an outbreak from dual patterns, because the subject is at the center. Works of art touch each individual in their own way, some are not touched by it while others are deeply touched. The way we see the world and the subjects to which we pay attention define the way in which we perceive what we see; how our attention patterns and our mental horizon have expanded through the experiences we have made. We are always relate to the outer world. The self is often defined in opposition to the “other”, but often also the other in opposition to the self. Often, however, the self and the “other” become oneness, unity. The world’s multitude of nuances and facets can be interpreted in many ways. The beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, and so appears to be reality.