I’m somewhat of a pop-culture aficionado.
In part, I think this is a reflection of a ‘integral’ approach to art that I started moving into about a decade ago, particularly around music. At the time, I was a DJ and found myself becoming distant from over-identification or (dis)like of one genre of music over another. Instead of just listening to what I liked, I started approaching music from the standpoint of: Someone made this for a reason; Can I get into the mind/mood of the creator of this music, and hear it from their ears? Can I try understand what they were feeling, where they were coming from, and what motivated them to make this? This approach broadened my horizons significantly and also led me back to a deep appreciation for pop-music, which, for quite a while (prob sense I was like 12), I had been snubbing my nose at.
I also appreciate pop-music, and pop-culture in general, because I think it allows us to get a pulse of what’s happening in the collective mind/body/soul. This is what we, as a culture, are swimming in and loving it.
So, it has been to my delight, that for about half a decade or so, I’ve noticed what I consider integral (aperspectival) art in our pop-cultural landscape. Other’s have noticed this, and call it the new authenticity/sincerity. However, I the cultural critics that use this term, are limited in their scope. I think the movement is much broader than what they can see.
One last note before I start giving some examples. I think this spontaneous pop-culture manifestation of the perspective is, in some sense, deeper than self-proclaimed, academic, or integral designated art, which, while interesting, in my opinion, is often flat and trying to hard. In contrast, the art I am planning on sharing feels, to me at least, much more full bodied and raw.
For example, I think this video by FKA Twigz, demonstrates this by transcending rational either/or dichotomies in her presentation of the crone, maiden, and mother. Particularly, in the “I’m a doll” segment, where she explores how both disgust and pleasure can simultaneously arise from being an object of the male gaze. I also like, as the mother, in the last segment, she seems to be giving birth to the future/now. I could go on forever…I think this is an brilliant example of integral art.
I have some more examples, but I am at a library, and it is closing…So, I will leave with this. I also particularly appreciate music video as a art form as it, if done aperspectivaly, can include: magic (music), mythic (image), and mental (lyrical discourse).