Dr. Pandozy’s project “Lost Language,” consisted twenty sculptures with Telos as the centerpiece. Lost language equates to lost values. When you forget language, you lose meaning and the fruits of civilization, values that language contains. What does this mean for anthropology? It means retarding human development. People no longer value the logic of the great philosophers and thinkers. Dr. Pandozy’s Telos project is to make people reflect on what has been lost. When people are wise, ethical, and logical, it benefits humanity. Artists work for humanity. When language is no longer in the dictionary or in the minds of people, the language is lost. An artist’s job is to bring back what is lost and revive it. Every artist should become an anthropologist. To be an anthropologist, one needs to look at the final end of humanity.
Today, if we look at the condition of the humanity, the world is regressing in terms of values, ethics, and logic. Artists studying, researching, and working with an anthropological mindset must look at the ultimate end, in order for humanity to progress and move forward. To that end artists, must look at the purpose of art, their work.
Telos, a lost word, means purpose, Aristotelian point that everything in the universe has a purpose. Even a blade of grass has a purpose in ecological completion. All energy interacts to make the environment work. To disturb the environment mean to go against natural purpose, the process of civilization, and anthropology. Telos necessitates ultimate purpose, judging from the process of civilization. Somehow there is an ultimate end out there that is open to imagination. The ideal is wholeness of humanity, where people are authentic and present in the world each moment with a constructive approach each of us following the ultimate natural purpose, which is the completion of the individual.
This comes to you from the Assistant Director of the Art About Art Foundation, Amanda Conner.