On the future between vision and engagement
Visions of the futures are a topic relatively infrequently analysed in contemporary reflections on culture. The reason behind this state of affairs lies not only in the de-transcendentalisation of the image of the world, rejection of the positivist models of development and the failure of 20th century political utopias, but also in the changes in how culture is understood. Culture as a process, dynamic, liquid and open, contains the future as a dimension of human experience, and not as an external framework of temporal succession. Art is an example of such changes. Prophetic hopes associated with it lost their justification, when artists ceased to be regarded as brilliant visionaries, and the boundary between the author and the audience was blurred. Visions of the future were replaced by engaged artistic practice. A similar tendency can be found as we look for a place occupied today by the future among the values that determine our lifestyles.