Intentism grew from like -minded artists who had been told by critics and art schools that an art work means whatever any one thinks it means and thought enough is enough.
Intentism is one of the fastest growing art movements in the world that was founded by Vittorio Pelosi. Intentists include artists, writers and philosophers from England, Ireland, India, North America, South America, and Hong Kong. Linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky has described Intentist theory as “intriguing and imaginative”.
Intentists have staged numerous exhibitions, have had their theories debated at The Royal College of Arts, London and have published numerous books. Their artists have been featured on national television, newspapers and radio.
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 three principles:
1. 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.
2. Intentists believe a confused, hidden or denied intention leads to zero accountability.
3. Intentists believe that an omission of artist intention can lead to enforced restrictions on the artist and even censorship.
What inspired the movement?
Intentism grew from like -minded artists who had been told by critics and art schools that an art work means whatever any one thinks it means and thought enough is enough. An artist can get a message across. Artists can become pioneers and influence how people see the world. We didn’t realize how many people are feeling the same way. The manifesto is on our website: www.intentism.com
What are you up to at the moment?
Our ideas have recently been discussed in a new book ‘Documenting Performance’ published by Bloomsbury. We are also making short 1-2 minute videos about the movement called ‘Intentist Bites’ on our YouTube channel. We expect these to be popular for students, lecturers and any one else to get a taster of the movement.
If people are interested in finding out more, what should they do?
Firstly, if you have become frustrated that your ideas are not taken seriously by art schools, galleries or critics, you are definitely not alone. Check out our YouTube channel and our website: www.intentism.com. You can contact us from there if you wish, and we promise we will reply.