PHILOSOPHY & VISUAL ART

Philosophy in the Gallery

I am the Contributing Editor and a Co-Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Visual Arts (CPVA) based at King's College, London (follow us here @PhilosophyArts.)


The purpose of the CPVA is to build constructive collaborations between academic philosophers and professional artists. To this end, we do live events (at the Tate Modern, Tate Britain, The Photographers Gallery, The National Gallery, Bush House, The Institute of Psychoanalysis), run a residency programme for artists, interview artists about their practice and in relation to ongoing puzzles in the philosophy of art.

 

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.

BRASSEY & ANSCOMB

PHILOSOPHY OF PHOTOGRAPHY

HYBRID ARTFORMS

 

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.

 

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.

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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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