Art and Philosophy Events Archive 2014-15

CSM Doctoral Platform: Art and Philosophy events 2014-15

Adorno and Art: Aesthetic Theory Contra Critical Theory

29 October 2014
‘Adorno and Art’
A panel discussion with James Hellings, Esther Leslie and Yaiza Hernandez.

18.00-20.00
Venue: E002, Granary Building, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, London N1 4AA.  Followed by the launch of James Hellings’ book, ‘Adorno and Art: Aesthetic Theory Contra Critical Theory’ (Palgrave).

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Jean-Luc Nancy and the Moving Image

Tuesday, March 17, 1.30 pm, E002

The event on the work of the philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy and the moving image begins with a screening of the Iranian filmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s ‘Life, and Nothing More’ (1992), followed by a presentation of Nancy’s writing on this film by Christopher Kul-Want. Thereafter, Phillip Warnell will discuss his collaborative work with Jean-Luc Nancy.

Phillip Warnell is an artist filmmaker and head of media at Kingston University. He has previously made a film about Jean-Luc Nancy ‘Outlandish: Strange Foreign Bodies’ (2009) and is currently working on a cinematic project, ‘Ming of Harlem’ that includes a contribution from the philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy.

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On Simplicity

Art & Philosophy Research Group
A Day Workshop ‘On Simplicity’ led by Professor Klega.
Tuesday, February 17th,
10.00 am – 1.00 pm, Room D107;
2.00 pm – 5.00 pm, Room M306

Simplicity is hard to find (or define) because it is hidden behind many other concepts, from the ‘simple life’ (of living in accordance with ‘nature’), to primitivism or entropy, the simple functions in manifold and complex ways. It may function as the opposition to another concept of artistic practice that seems like an arbitrary plenitude. Equally, complexity is not necessarily the opposite of the simple. Something apparently very complex, like fractals, is based on very simple equations or rules. Complexity is embedded within the simple, but it has not yet been unfolded, or ‘explained’.

The discussion will be based on the provided text (attached, or link below). Please read the text and look up any unfamiliar authors or artists mentioned in the text. It is based on hand written lecture notes of Hannes Boehringer available as a pdf

http://www.mediafire.com/view/up36kk3kfkjf1mh/H_Boehringer_Simplicity_3.pdf

The German edition is available under the title “Auf der Suche nach Einfachheit”, Merve Verlag, Berlin 1998.

10am-1pm: Introduction, reading of the lecture on “Simplicity” (the last section in the pdf), q&a, discussion.

1pm-2pm: lunch

2pm-5pm: Discussing examples: a) historical b) contemporary (for art practices, please bring jpgs), discussion.

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Philosophers on Art

‘Philosophers on Art’ is a series of eight lectures on alternate Tuesdays during the autumn and spring. The lectures are concerned with the philosophy of art as developed through three inter-related traditions: European / ‘Continental’ philosophy (from Kant to the postmodernists) as well as the Marxist and psychoanalytic intellectual traditions. Initially, the lectures revolve around the ideas of the three so-called ‘masters of suspicion’ and founders of modern thought: Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud. With these thinkers in mind we shall explore previous philosophical traditions and ideas, particularly that of the Enlightenment philosopher Immanuel Kant. We shall consider these thinkers in connection with their legacies as developed through the Frankfurt School, especially Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin, and also Martin Heidegger’s philosophy. Thereafter, we shall study in more depth psychoanalytic and Continental post-structuralist philosophy from the period of the events and demonstrations of 1968 and after through the ideas of three thinkers: Gilles Deleuze, Julia Kristeva and Slavoj Žižek. Drawing on examples of art and film to elaborate upon, or provide a counterpoint to, the issues at stake, these lectures are informed by contemporary issues and debates about art. Each of the lectures draw upon primary texts contained in my book, ‘Philosophers on Art, From Kant to the Present, A Critical Reader’ (Columbia University press, 2010). Additionally, my book ‘Introducing Continental Philosophy: A Graphic Guide’ (Icon Books Ltd. 2012) is a helpful introduction to the ideas of the lectures.

The following is a schedule of the lectures in the series:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 14, 11.45 am – 2.00 pm, E003: Kant, Alterity and the Sublime.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 28, 11.45 am – 2.00 pm, E003: Nietzsche: At the Edge of Things.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 11, 11.45 am – 2.00 pm, E003: Freud and Repetition.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 25, 11.45 am – 2.00 pm, E003: Benjamin, Adorno and the Politics of Aesthetics.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 27, 11.45 am – 2.00 pm, E003: Heidegger and ‘The Origin of the Work of Art’.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 10, 11.45 am – 2.00 pm, E003: Žižek and Repetition.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 24, 11.45 am – 2.00 pm, E003: Kristeva and the Semiotic.
  • Tuesday, Mar. 10, 11.45 am – 2.00 pm, E003: Deleuze and Repetition.

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Philosophy, Politics and the Arts – Series 2

20 November  2014
Use! Value! Exchange! Inside and Outside Relations of Exchange
Peter Osborne (CRMEP, Kingston)
18.00–20.00
Venue: E002, Granary Building, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, London N1 4AA.  Followed by a reception to mark the 20th Anniversary of the CRMEP

4 December
Relinquishing the Transcendental? Speculative Realism in Question
Catherine Malabou
 (CRMEP, Kingston)
18.00–20.00
Venue: E002, Granary Building, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, London N1 4AA

18 December
Realism and Psychosis
Simon Morgan Wortham (LGS, Kingston)
18.00–20.00
Venue: E003, Granary Building, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, London N1 4AA. Followed by a reception to launch Simon Morgan Wortham, Modern Thought in Pain: Philosophy, Politics, Psychoanalysis (Edinburgh University Press)

15 January 2015
Aesthetics of Madness
Howard Caygill (CRMEP)
18.00–20.00
Venue: E003, Granary Building, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, London N1 4AA

29 January
Politics of Seeing: Freud, Ranciere and Art
Tina Chanter (LGS)
18.00–20.00
Venue: E002, Granary Building, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, London N1 4AA

12 February
The Idea of a Multiversum: Logics, Cosmology, Politics
Étienne Balibar (CRMEP)
18.00–20.00
Venue: E003, Granary Building, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, London N1 4AA

26 February
The Sex of Natural History
Stella Sandford (CRMEP)
18.00–20.00
Venue: E002, Granary Building, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, London N1 4AA

12 March
Clowning and Power
Peter Buse (LGS)
18.00–20.00
Venue: E003, Granary Building, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, London N1 4AA

Re-educating the Educator
Peter Hallward (CRMEP)
18.00–20.00

Venue: E003, Granary Building, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, London N1 4AA. Followed by a reception to close the series.

The Doctoral Platform at CSM offers PhD candidates the space in which to meet, share research, as well as co-ordinate, curate and participate in a variety of events.

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