Entrevista a J. E. Burucúa por C. Benzecry, investigador afiliado de MESO

Claudio E. Benzecry, profesor de Northwestern University e investigador afiliado de MESO, entrevistó a José Emilio Burucúa, especialista en historia del arte y de la ciencia, para la revista Public Culture, de Duke University Press.

Citamos uno de los tantos fragmentos interesantes de la entrevista, a la que se puede acceder aquí.

“CEB: How does our understanding of the emergence of European modernity change when you think about it from the perspective of Buenos Aires, both when it comes to thinking of modernity according to authors other than the canonical ones, producing a different periodization, and how it is to work on these topics daily, with sources other than the paradigmatic ones?

JEB: Things do change, indeed. But the Spanish and Latin American sources are not so different from the Italian ones. They have a different organization, and some of them are even literal translations. So there is something going on; it has kind of a Pierre Menard’Quixote quality to it. But in the connectors between one theme and the next, you start noticing some interesting slippages. They go in that direction where perspective becomes an illusion, something almost like magic, a fantastic illusion. But things do change, and if one goes to do research with the Platonic idea that what happens in Europe is the model and everything else is an automated and degraded copy, then that is a big mistake. What I was trying to get at was to nd a different idea of space, of spatial representation.

What I believe is that, after the quattrocento in Europe, what opens up and prevails over the motives of Christian art is the systematic knowledge of the tools to generate the illusion that what you are seeing is actually a one-to-one representation of what youd see if the objects were there. Medieval art had as its main objective to make visible what was invisible. Because paradise in itself is invisible, right?” (Págs. 95-96 )
Jose Emilio Burucua, Interviewed by Claudio Benzecry. Public Culture 28 (1). January 2016.