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The Arts & Imagination: the role of metaphors, tropes & images in shaping experience & guiding action
JULY 3rd – 6th, 2017 • ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
@ the University of Adelaide & the Art Gallery of South Australia
JULY 11th, 2017 • MELBOURNE, VICTORIA
@ the Victorian College of the Arts
JULY 12th & 15th, 2017 • SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES
@ the Art Gallery of New South Wales
JULY 12th & 15th, 2017 • SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES
@ the Art Gallery of New South Wales
The second ArtSense workshop will be 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 will be an event in Melbourne, Victoria, at the Victorian College of the Arts. Further events will then take place in Sydney, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, on July 12th &15th. Details are to follow shortly on the Melbourne event; for information on the others, see below.
CALL FOR PAPERS
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.
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).
Deadline for proposals was 30th November 2016. Address any enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- 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)
- Melvin Chen (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
- Joseph Kassman-Tod (Berkeley)
- Matteo Ravasio (Auckland)
- further speakers to be advised …
JULY 3 @ 2pm – 5pm
Myths, metaphors and tropes: the narratives which guide studio practice
This session is 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 is a free public event, & registration at the AAP conference is not required. All welcome; tea & coffee will be provided. There will be 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, will speak on the role of critique in studio practice.
About MichaelMichael Newall is a philosopher who is currently 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. His expertise spans art history and theory, and philosophy of art and aesthetics. In philosophy of art, he has a special concern with the philosophy and aesthetics of visual art. His interest in contemporary art and Australian art has developed in part from his earlier work as a critic and curator. Much of his current teaching and research explores the potential for productive meetings of the two disciplines of art history and philosophy of art. Website
Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro, visual artists who have received considerable international recognition for their work, will speak on the source of their ideas.
About Claire & SeanClaire Healy and Sean Cordeiro are visual artists who have received considerable recognition for their work, as evidenced by invitations to hold significant exhibitions in galleries and museums in Europe and Asia, including the Corcoran in Washington DC (2011-12); a mid-career survey of their work held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2012) and as Australia’s representative at the Venice Biennale in 2009. They are represented in Sydney by the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery and in San Francisco by the Wendi Norris Gallery. They have a show slated for the Art Gallery of SA in 2018. Website
Professor Jennifer Rutherford, Director of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide, & author of Zombies (London, Routledge, 2013), will speak about the way metaphors are adopted from literature and come to dominate the concepts by which we understand experience.
About JenniferProfessor Jennifer Rutherford is the Director of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide. She has published extensively on the role of metaphors, tropes and images in literature and the popular imagination. Website
JULY 4 @ 6pm
Afterwar: Contemporary and Ancient Lessons on Moral Injury and Healing
Nancy Sherman is to deliver the annual Alan Saunders memorial lecture, which will be 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.
JULY 5 @ 9am
Kant on the Rationality of Morality
Paul Guyer is to deliver a keynote address to the AAP 2017 conference, exploring Kant’s claim that morality is founded in pure practical reason.
JULY 6 @ 9am
Dancers and Soldiers Sharing the Dance Floor: Reflections on Emotional Expression
Nancy Sherman is to deliver 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’.
Melbourne Event @ Victorian College of the Arts
This event is part of the 150 year anniversary celebrations of the VCA & its predecessor institutions (see ART150.)
Time, venue & other details for this event are to be posted shortly.
Watch this space!
Sean Lowry (Head of Critical and Theoretical Studies in Art, VCA)
Jenny McMahon (University of Adelaide)
Sydney Events @ AGNSW
JULY 12 @ 6.30pm
Do Portraits Require Posing?
Entry Fee $15.00 & $10.00 (student, concession or member)
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.
JULY 15 @ 11am-5pm
Symposium: Where is the artwork?
Philosophical Perspectives on Art
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 will each present on selected artworks in the gallery space, demonstrating their own philosophical perspective on art and reflection. Papers will be followed by responses from invited commentators, including both artists and philosophers.
Entry is by invitation only, & numbers are strictly limited. If you are interested in attending please contact Prof Jenny McMahon.
Entry Fee $10.00
11.00 – 11.30
11.30 – 12.10
12.15 – 12.55
13.00 – 13.40
13.45 – 14.50
15.00 – 15.40
15.45 – 16.25
16.30 – 16.45
Elizabeth B. ColemanElizabeth Burns Coleman lectures in Media and Communications Studies at Monash University, Australia. She writes on freedom of expression and cross-cultural communication. An important and influential early paper was “Appreciating ‘Traditional’ Aboriginal Painting Aesthetically” in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 2004, 62 (3): 235-47. She has received two postdoctoral fellowships, one from the Australian National University’s Centre for Cross Cultural Research, and one from Monash across Communications and Philosophy. Elizabeth has contributed to many books, published numerous journal articles and her ground-breaking monograph Aboriginal Art, Identity and Appropriation was published by Ashgate in 2005.
Mohan MatthenMohan Matthen is Professor and Senior Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Perception at the University of Toronto. Mohan contributes to many books and publishes numerous journal articles on multimodal perception, active perception, the perceptual representation of space and recently, aesthetic pleasure. A recent monograph is Seeing, Doing, and Knowing: A Philosophical Theory of Sense Perception, published by Oxford Clarendon Press in 2005. Matthen wrote the target article for the inaugural issue of the Australasian Philosophical Review, 1.1: 6-28 and 100-111 (March) 2017.
Jenny McMahonJennifer A. McMahon is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Adelaide. She is the author of Art and Ethics in a Material World: Kant’s Pragmatist Legacy (Routledge 2014) and Aesthetics and Material Beauty: Aesthetics Naturalized (Routledge 2007). She is the guest editor of the inaugural Australasian Philosophical Review on “The Pleasure of Art” (March 2017), Chief Investigator for the Australian Research Council funded project ArtSense: Taste and Community, and Executive Secretary of the Australasian Association of Philosophy.
Daniel von SturmerDaniel von Sturmer is an artist and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Monash University. His practice involves video, photography, installation and architectural interventions. His works draw connections between psychology and philosophy, making manifest the psychological and perceptual elements at play in the encounter with artworks. Von Sturmer has exhibited at numerous international public venues, including Australian Centre of Contemporary Art (Melbourne), Gothenberg Museum of Art (Sweden), and Venice Biennale (Italy). Recent solo exhibitions include Electric Light, Anna Schwartz Gallery (Melbourne, 2016), Focus & Field, Young Projects Gallery (Los Angeles, 2014), These Constructs, Anna Schwartz Gallery (Melbourne, 2014), & Video Works, Karsten Schubert Gallery (London, 2010). He is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne.
Claire HealyClaire Healy and Sean Cordeiro are visual artists who have received considerable recognition for their work, as evidenced by invitations to hold significant exhibitions in galleries and museums in Europe and Asia, including the Corcoran in Washington DC (2011-12), a mid-career survey of their work held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2012) and as Australia’s representative at the Venice Biennale in 2009. They are represented in Sydney by the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery and in San Francisco by the Wendi Norris Gallery
Sean CordeiroClaire Healy and Sean Cordeiro are visual artists who have received considerable recognition for their work, as evidenced by invitations to hold significant exhibitions in galleries and museums in Europe and Asia, including the Corcoran in Washington DC (2011-12), a mid-career survey of their work held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2012) and as Australia’s representative at the Venice Biennale in 2009. They are represented in Sydney by the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery and in San Francisco by the Wendi Norris Gallery
For further information
If you would like more information about the workshop, or about the ArtSense project in general …
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.
The workshop is organised through the ArtSense Taste and Community
research project, funded by the Australian Research Council for 2015 – 2017.