Workshops

2016 San Francisco, April 2 – 3

2017 Adelaide, July 3 – 6

2017 Melbourne, July 11

2017 Sydney, July 12 & 15

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WORKSHOP 2017

Key Dates & Links

  July 3-6, Adelaide
  July 11, Melbourne
  July 12 & 15, Sydney
  Call for Papers
   AAP Conference


Proposals

  35m + 20m Q&A
  Full written paper
  Submit by email
  Closed 30/11/2016
   Travel Grant


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The Arts & Imagination: the role of metaphors, tropes & images in shaping experience & guiding action

WORKSHOP RECORDINGS  |  WORKSHOP REPORT  |  WORKSHOP PHOTOS

 

JULY 3rd – 6th, 2017  •  ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

@ the University of Adelaide & the Art Gallery of South Australia

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JULY 11th, 2017  •  MELBOURNE, VICTORIA

@ the Victorian College of the Arts

VCA PROGRAM FLYER | VCA SPEAKER BIOS | REGISTER

JULY 12th & 15th, 2017  •  SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES

@ the Art Gallery of New South Wales

CYNTHIA FREELAND LECTURE | AGNSW SYMPOSIUM FLYER

The second ArtSense workshop was held in Adelaide, South Australia, from July 3-6, 2017, as a stream within the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) Conference. On July 11th there was an event in Melbourne, Victoria, at the Victorian College of the Arts. Further events took place in Sydney, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, on July 12th &15th. See below for details of all events. See our 2017 Workshop Report for an overview.

Organised through the Australian Research Council funded ArtSense – Taste & Community project, the workshop was also sponsored by the American Society for Aesthetics (ASA).

   CALL FOR PAPERS

Now closed, submissions were due: November 30 2016

Topics
Papers will address topics which bear upon the way cultural artifacts acquire meaning and value as an example of the process by which communities establish shared terms of reference.

Length & Format
The organisers invite proposals for presentations of 35 mins (+ 20 mins Q&A). There are 3-4 slots available. The proposal should be sent as a full length paper (reading time 35 mins) suitable for anonymous review.

Travel Grant
A travel grant of up to $2000 was made available to the best paper by an ASA member graduate student or untenured faculty who would not otherwise be able to access travel funds for this meeting. The grant has been awarded to Eleen M Deprez (Kent, UK).

Submission
Deadline for proposals was 30th November 2016. Address any enquiries to: jenny.mcmahon@adelaide.edu.au

Approach
It is an assumption of our approach that bringing philosophers together from different areas and traditions within philosophy has immense potential for furthering understanding of the problems we seek to address within philosophy, and for philosophy’s relevance to the community more broadly.

Adelaide Workshop

 

JULY 3-6 2017
The Arts and Imagination workshop was a four day stream within the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) conference, July 2-6 2017.

 

PROGRAM

 

VIDEOS

 

INVITED SPEAKERS
  • Mohan Matthen (Toronto)
  • Sean Cordeiro (visual artist)
  • Jenny McMahon (Adelaide)
  • Cynthia Freeland (Houston)
  • James Phillips (UNSW)
  • Elizabeth B. Coleman (Monash)
  • Nicolas Bullot (Charles Darwin)
  • Nancy Sherman (Georgetown)
  • Paul Guyer (Brown)
  • Robert Sinnerbrink (Macquarie)
  • Claire Healy (visual artist)
  • Daniel von Sturmer (Monash)
  • David Macarthur (Sydney)
  • Michael Newall (Kent, UK)
TRAVEL GRANT AWARDEE
American Society of Aesthetics travel grant, for best essay (postgraduate students and non-tenured staff), awarded to: Eleen M Deprez (Kent, UK)

 

OTHER SPEAKERS
Michael Newallspeaker information

JULY 3 @ 2pm – 5pm

OUTREACH SESSION, AUDITORIUM, ART GALLERY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Myths, metaphors and tropes: the narratives which guide studio practice

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This session was hosted jointly with the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide. Taking place in the Auditorium of the Art Gallery of SA (behind the Gallery cafe), this was a free public event, & registration at the AAP conference was not required. There were three presentations:

 

Michael Newall, Director of Learning & Teaching for the School of Arts, and Director of the MA in Philosophy of Art & Aesthetics at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, spoke on the role of critique in studio practice.

  About Michael    Website

 

Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro, visual artists who have received considerable international recognition for their work, spoke on the source of their ideas.

  About Claire & Sean    Website

 

Daniel von Sturmer, artist and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Monash University, spoke on the topic of: Withholding Narratives: How artists use critical language in the development of their work.

  About Daniel    Website

 

JULY 4 @ 6pm

ALAN SAUNDERS MEMORIAL LECTURE 2017

Afterwar: Contemporary and Ancient Lessons on Moral Injury and Healing

   Radford Auditorium, Art Gallery of South Australia.

  Free entry but registration  required.

Nancy Sherman delivered the annual Alan Saunders memorial lecture, which was recorded by the ABC, and featured on the Radio National network. The lecture draws on Nancy’s recent book Afterwar & outlines a philosophical view of moral injury and moral repair.

   Nancy Sherman’s interview on Radio National’s The Philosopher’s Zone

   Alan Saunders Memorial Lecture 2017, on Radio National’s Big Ideas

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JULY 5 @ 9am

PAUL GUYER – AAP KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Kant on the Rationality of Morality

Paul Guyer delivered a keynote address to the AAP 2017 conference, exploring Kant’s claim that morality is founded in pure practical reason.

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JULY 6 @ 9am

NANCY SHERMAN – AAP KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Dancers and Soldiers Sharing the Dance Floor: Reflections on Emotional Expression

Nancy Sherman delivered a keynote address to the AAP 2017 conference, looking at the nature of emotional expression in ordinary human interaction and in dance, and arguing that ‘dancers and soldiers have shared the dance floor for centuries’.

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JULY 5 @ 7pm

  An AAP 2017 social & networking event, held at the National Wine Centre.

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JULY 6 @ 7pm

  The AAP 2017 Conference Dinner at Sanctuary Adelaide Zoo.

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Melbourne Event @ Victorian College of the Arts

 

JULY 11th @ 9.30am-5.00pm

ONE DAY SYMPOSIUM – FREE PUBLIC EVENT

Some artists & philosophers walked into a room …

    Federation Hall, VCA, University of Melbourne, 5/7-17 Grant St. Southbank

  Coffee/tea & snacks available 9.30-11.am & 3.00-3.45 pm

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  REGISTER TO ATTEND (entry is free)

 

THEME

A work might be experienced in numerous ways—in person, online, across multiple versions, as a record, diagram, report, description, witness account, podcast, video, plan, remix, or even as a scalable aggregate of elements. Perhaps, once we consider the world of a work of art as a constellation of elements, the indeterminacy of art is given a more conspicuous materiality. Where is a work of art? Is there an optimum or primary point of entry into a work of art?

 

This event is part of the 150 year anniversary celebrations of the VCA & its predecessor institutions (see ART150.)

 

CHAIRS

Sean Lowry (VCA) & Jenny McMahon (University of Adelaide)

 

COMMENTATORS

 

09.30 – 10.00

    COFFEE / TEA & GREETINGS

 

10.00 – 11.00

    INTRODUCING THE THEME

  • Introduction by Sean Lowry (VCA) & Jenny McMahon (Philosophy, Adelaide) 5 mins
  • Claire Lambe (independent artist) discusses the theme from the perspective of a practising artist with fellow artist Cate Consandine (VCA) 15 mins
  • Q & A and discussion 10 mins
  • Robert Sinnerbrink (Philosophy, Macquarie) introduces the theme from a philosophical perspective 15 mins
  • Q & A and discussion 10 mins

11.00 – 12.30

   ARTIST PRESENTATIONS & PANEL (1)

  • Rowan McNaught (MFA candidate VCA) 15 mins
  • Sophie Tackach (PhD candidate Monash) 15 mins
  • Edward Colless (VCA) 15 mins
  • Panel of 3 artists and 3 philosophers each given 5 mins to ask a question or comment. Artists: Kate Just (VCA), Raafat Ishak (VCA), and Lisa Radford (VCA). Philosophers: David Macarthur (Sydney), Michael Newall (Kent), Mohan Matthen (Toronto) 30 mins
  • Q & A and discussion 15 mins

12.30 – 13.30

    LUNCH : can be purchased from a range of local cafes

 

13.30 – 15.15

   ARTIST PRESENTATIONS & PANEL (2)

  • Vanessa Godden (PhD candidate VCA) 15 mins
  • Geoff Robinson (PG candidate Monash) 15 mins
  • Tessa Laird (VCA) & Andrew Goodman 15 mins
  • Bernhard Sachs (VCA) 15 mins
  • Panel of 3 philosophers and 3 artists each given 5 mins to ask a question or comment. Philosophers: James Phillips (UNSW), Cynthia Freeland (Houston), Paul Guyer (Brown). Artists: Barb Bolt (VCA), David Sequeira (VCA), and Kiron Robinson (VCA). 30 mins
  • Q & A and discussion 15 mins

15.15 – 15.45

    COFFEE / TEA

 

15.45 – 16.40

    MORE ON THE THEME

  • Daniel von Sturmer (Fine Arts, Monash) discusses the theme from the perspective of a practising artist 15 mins
  • Q & A and discussion 10 mins
  • Justin Clemens (Culture & Communication, Melbourne) discusses the theme from a philosophical perspective 15 mins
  • Q & A and discussion 10 mins

16.40 – 17.00

    CLOSING REMARKS

  • Elizabeth Coleman (Media & Communication, Monash), Sean Cordeiro (visual artist), Claire Healy (visual artist), Sean Lowry (VCA) & Jenny McMahon (Philosophy, Adelaide). 20 mins

Sydney Events @ AGNSW

 

JULY 12 @ 6.30pm

CYNTHIA FREELAND – PUBLIC LECTURE

Do Portraits Require Posing?

Professor Cynthia Freeland gave a public lecture at the Art Gallery of NSW, in the lead-up to the Archibald Prize.

  LECTURE AUDIO

    ABSTRACT

In my book  Portraits and Persons (Oxford, 2010), I claimed that the subject of a portrait must fulfill a requirement that I call “posing.” This requirement seemed essential to me to capture the idea that a portrait involves a kind of collaboration between artist and subject. However, it does raise various problems. It rules out counting various things as portraits that some people think should be included, such as depictions of (i) animals, (ii) infants, (iii) people caught unawares (in candids), and (iv) “beneath-the pose” revelatory images. Also, the question is asked whether posing is required given that we classify some images of long-dead people (like Cleopatra) as “portraits” of them. In this talk I will revisit the posing requirement and try to defend it, especially for cases (iii) and (iv), considering various examples from different media along the way.

  MORE ABOUT CYNTHIA

 

  

JULY 15 @ 11am-5pm

AGNSW SYMPOSIUM

Symposium: Where is the artwork?

Philosophical Perspectives on Art

  SYMPOSIUM AUDIO

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Philosophers do not find art where the facts congeal or at the point where personal associations take flight. They look for art in the reflection that the work occasions. In this case, these reflections are object directed. In her 2017 manuscript Aesthetics and Communication, philosopher Jane Kneller writes that reflection on art is thought to create ‘spaces of shared feelings and expanded interactions with the unfamiliar, the new and different’.

  

Titled after a phrase used by Melbourne artist and theorist, Sean Lowry, this symposium analyses five artworks in the Gallery’s collection under a philosophical lens. Five Australian and International philosophers each present on selected artworks in the gallery space, demonstrating their own philosophical perspective on art and reflection. Papers are followed by responses from invited commentators, including both artists and philosophers.

 

CHAIR

Prof. Jenny McMahon (University of Adelaide)

 

FORMAT

20 mins talk, 20 mins Q&A, 5 mins changeover

 

11.00 – 11.30

   REGISTRATION

 

11.30 – 12.10

  Michael Newall

 

12.15 – 12.55

  Paul Guyer

 

13.00 – 13.40

  Cynthia Freeland

 

13.45 – 14.50

    LUNCH

 

15.00 – 15.40

  David Macarthur

 

15.45 – 16.25

  Robert Sinnerbrink

 

16.30 – 16.45

  Jenny McMahon
  Closing Remarks

  

  

INTERLOCUTORS

   Elizabeth B. Coleman

   Mohan Matthen

   Jenny McMahon

   Daniel von Sturmer

   Claire Healy

   Sean Cordeiro

For further information

If you would like more information about the workshop, or about the ArtSense project in general …

Contact us

The ArtSense Taste&Community project is funded by the Australian Research Council. The project is directed by Jenny McMahon, and the other researchers are Sean Cordeiro, Cynthia Freeland, Paul Guyer, Claire Healy, Mohan Matthen, Robert Sinnerbrink, and Daniel von Sturmer. The project aims to develop a framework for understanding the perception of meaning and value as a response to cultural artifacts.

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The workshop is organised through the ArtSense Taste and Community
research project, funded by the Australian Research Council for 2015 – 2017.
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The workshop is also sponsored by the American Society for Aesthetics (ASA)

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This workshop runs as a 4 day stream within the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) conference.

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