Sociology and Art on the Subject of Dwelling. Similarities and mutual Inspirations
Social Sciences Department Institute of Sociology, Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan, Poland
Contemporary Art and contemporary sociology seem to bear certain resemblance in terms of themes, goal and techniques. Understanding Art is becoming increasingly difficult without the knowledge of social context while sociology starts to use techniques predominantly connected with the Arts, such as photography and film sociology becomes more and more interested in the relations between humans and the material world. What is more, Artistic practices and sociological thought often revolve around the same subjects. One of these subjects is home and dwelling. Both sociology and Art are deeply involved in a debate over different concepts of dwelling characteristic for contemporary society. Analyzing a few Polish and British artistic projects concerning concepts of privacy, intimacy, modernity, nostalgia, modern functionalism and media control, I will try to show not only how interwoven sociology and Art are, but also the inspiriting and encouraging role of Art and its contribution for understanding the contemporary world.