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VANESSA BRASSEY

I am fascinated by what visual culture reveals about the changing nature of our rich, shamelessly emotional and social viewpoint on the world. 

After stumbling into a philosophy research seminar in Senate House a few years ago I decided to take a part-time MA in Philosophy at King's College London. Like so many others, I became hooked. I now teach philosophy at King's College while completing my PhD  (part-time) investigating the expression of emotion in art. I'm involved with an organisation you can find through @PhilosophyArts on Twitter. The purpose of PhilosophyArts 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, and so on. To watch our films, listen to our podcasts or read our nutshell interviews head over here.


Whenever I can, I sketch, draw and paint to relax. Luckily, living in London there is a never ending supply of mesmerising stuff to look at. Plus, I'm fortunate enough to spend time with some fascinating people. I like looking at them too!

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Academic Publications

The Implied Painter, September 2019 DiA

Response by Robinson

Still. Moving (Forthcoming DiA).

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Presentations (conferences)

April 2017

'Should we get excited about Arousal?' - Paper Presented, Spring  School @ University of Göttingen

January  2018

'In your [Resting-Bitch] face' - a short paper on the difference between paradigmatic facial expressions and expression in portraiture.

KCL, advanced research seminar

April 2018

'Still Moving' - Paper presentation reflecting on movement in static arts @ BSA Postgrad conference Durham University.

November 2018

'Personal Perspectives' - Paper presented at the IP London Philosophy conference.

February 2019

'Imagined Pictorial Emotions' - Paper presentation, King's College London. 

April 2019

'What makes a painting sad?' - invited speaker, UCL Philosophy Society

September 2019

'Savouring your Smile' - Paper in progress presentation at the Graduate Conference KCL

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Outreach

May - June 2018

What Makes Us Human? @ Tate Britain

The Gaze, seminar @ Tate Britain

The Body, seminar @ Tate Britain

Anxiety, seminar @ Tate Britain

@philosophyarts (Art|Philosophy)
Migration, Meaning, Time: CPVA Artists in Residence. Bush House Arcade, London

Exhibition: 1000-1700 Weekdays, Tue 26th Feb – Fri 22nd March (Free)

Opening and Talks: Tue 26th Feb 1800-2000


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Films

I have produced a number of films for the Centre for Philosophy and Visual Arts. A selection of which are below.

Philosophy of Art: King's College London

Panel Discussion: Artists and Philosophy

Kenny Hunter on Hegel

Hester Reeve on Bohm Dialogue

Artist Interview: Noemi Lakmaier