Intentism

Intentism is an art movement founded by Vittorio Pelosi

Intentists have staged various exhibitions and have spoken at Universities including the University of the Arts London In 2009 their manifesto was published in Intentism – The Resurrection of the author

Intentists come from a variety of backgrounds but are all questioning ideas related to the meaning of work The name Intentism is a response to the debate around authorial intent

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Intentists believe that art can convey an artist’s intended message to his or her intended audience As a movement it both recognizes and celebrates the relationship between an artist’s creation and its creator
Intentists believe that the artist is free to convey his or her intended message The meaning of the work is found in the artist’s intention and not the interpretation of the viewerAll meaning is simply the imperfect outworking of intention
Intentists believe a confused, hidden or denied intention leads to zero accountability
Intentists believe that an omission of artist intention can lead to enforced restrictions on the artist and even censorship

Intentist artists work in numerous ways, but at present there appears to be three areas that are of particular interest Firstly, Intentists often celebrate the artist’s intentions in the work by including the entire process of creating art in the final piece Consequently, elements of every editing decision is left in Intentists call this process Palimpsestism and the Intentional Trail Secondly, since authorial irony can only be understood by comparing what is said (the work), and what is meant (author intent), it is a common subject for Intentist artists An example here would be Luciano Pelosi’s Big Breakfast Thirdly, much art theory finds its origin in Literary theory It is a claim of the Intentists that in certain fundamental areas this cross over is not valid In literature the author has a linear order expectation for the text since the viewer will normally start at the beginning and read letters sequentially until the end However, this approach is not appropriate for the static arts Most paintings and sculptures are anarrative as viewers can approach the work in multiple orders Therefore, this basis for ignoring the artist’s intentions is not relevant An example of an Intentist artist creating work to demonstrate these anarrative properties is Govinda Sah

Vittorio Pelosi’s painting The School of Postmodernism, inspired by Raphael’s The School of Athens, is one of the best known paintings to come out of the Intentist movement and replaces all of Raphael’s Athenian philosophers with Postmodern icons Each figure is attempting an objective depiction of the life model, but their work is subjected to their postmodernist ideologies