PHILOSOPHY IN MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES

What we do and where we do it

We do philosophy and we do it inside Galleries and Museums and we do it with curious freethinkers from all over the world. Within a city as culturally diverse as London, it may come as a surprise to find out we are the only organisation that is dedicated to bringing analytic philosophy into Galleries and Museums. Find our more about our ongoing events at the National Gallery, The Tate, The Photographers Gallery by following us on twitter @PhilosophyArts


Our organisation - CPVA -  builds bridges between academic philosophers and professional artists.

Check out our website which includes films, interviews, reviews and behind the scenes extras from our events.  

To find out more about the portraits I made while completing my Phd - see the article below. (or find it on the King's College, London website). 


 

ABOUT PHILOSOPHY AND THE VISUAL ARTS

The Centre for Philosophy and Visual Art is a major multi-disciplinary initiative based at King’s College London.  Its aim is to bring together academics, artists, curators and gallerists to explore the connections between philosophy, theory and the visual arts. We do this through Film, Podcasts, Interviews and Live Events.

 
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Φ-CRITIC

I write a “Φ-Critic” column which features reviews of art shows from a philosophical perspective. Each article is produced with a nod to the Socratic method - a friendly dialogue between myself and a much much more learned friend. See below for more info or read it here

 

"What is Hambling’s Big Point? ...If we can strip Hambling’s intentions back so that they are as naked as the day they were born, then maybe we can understand Maggi's monumentally divisive work."

THAT HAMBLING SCULPTURE - WITH CURATOR LUCY DAHLSEN

"...it came as a shock to her to find out that the painting also contains a man – unseen – and watching Marthe in the bath. A voyeur. Lurking at the point of origin of Janine’s look. Hiding in plain sight. Jonesing (if you will) on the bridge of Janine’s own nose."

BONNARD'S BATH - WITH CONCEPTUAL WRITER JANINE STEIN

"Back home, I rang my friend Winnie ...The conversation spluttered into life with the usual connectivity frustrations. We cascaded through facetime, whatsapp and zoom finding a temporary equilibrium with Microsoft Teams, I waited for Winnie’s verdict....‘They Are Scary’"

MIDNIGHT STORIES - WITH PHILOSOPHER WINNIE MA

"The most famous readymade, now folklore and the First of His Name, is found in the first episode of that twentieth century screwball comedy series Modern Art, produced by The Artworld...  it wasn’t aired at the time (in the show for which it was created)... By the time Warhol was writing season four, The Brillo Box, it was clear that the establishment had underestimated Duchamp’s exceptional gift for playing the long conceptual game."

READYMADE 2.0 - WITH DR CARMEL SHER

NEW VIDEO NUTSHELLS

What springs to mind when someone tells you they are a philosopher of art?


Perhaps the image of a scribbler in a fusty library surrounded by a small village of colour plated books?

Probably however, you didn’t automatically think of an artist.

This is because unlike the philosophy of the psychology, neuroscience or maths, the philosophy of art is seen to circulate around artists. We might say that the first order (art making) and second order (art philosophising) practices are disconnected. Thus, Barnett Newman’s famous dictum that philosophy is for artists as ornithology is ‘for the birds’.

However, there are practitioners who productively combine professional philosophical research and the making of award-winning works of art. They are not merely engaged in both practices at the expert level. They feed each side of their practice with the other.

They are Philosophy-Artists.

In this series of interviews, we will be seeking out Philosopher-Artists to get their take on the value of working across two such different skill and knowledge sets.

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PHILOSOPHY OF PHOTOGRAPHY

HYBRID ARTFORMS

 

PAST EVENTS

Tate Britain

Here are some links to past events.

What Makes Us Human? @ Tate Britain

The Gaze, seminar @ Tate Britain

The Body, seminar @ Tate Britain

Anxiety, seminar @ Tate Britain

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FILMS

Interviews with Artists

I have also produced several films for King's College, London which you can see here:

Kenny Hunter on Hegel

Hester Reeve on Bohm Dialogue

Artist Interview: Noemi Lakmaier

NUTSHELLS

Topic led Interviews

An ongoing project that engages with artists on a more informal level and explore contact points between contemporary academic philosophy and current art making practices. 

  1. Ted Hunt & the Philosophy of Time

  2. Nicola Durvasula & Expressivity in Art

  3. Clio Barnard & the Philosophy of Film

  4. Max Barstow & the Philosophy of Photography

  5. Joseph Kendra on Morality & Art

  6. Lucy Dahlsen on the Philosophy of Portraits

ARTIST RESIDENCY

Sense of Time

The recent residency included a successful collaboration between Professor Matt Soteriou and Artist Ted Hunt which featured in the Bush House Exhibition 2019. See the film about it here

PODCASTS

All Too Human: Anxiety & The Philosophy of Art

Listen here to Sacha Golob and Vanessa Brassey in conversation on ‘Anxiety’. This was recorded in advance of CPVA’s Tate Britain panel and workshop – Sat 2nd June (2018) from 13:00.

 

PERFORMANCES AND CONFERENCES

'Sound Pictures' - academic conference (organiser) based in King's College, London [postponed]

PUBLIC EVENTS

'Art, Pray Love' - weekend course, Royal Academy of Art, London, [postponed]

PHILOSOPHY EVENTS

'Narratives Now' - academic conference (co-organiser), [postponed]​

NEW EVENTS

Please get in touch about future events/collaborations

 
 

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