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!
Response by Robinson
Still. Moving (Forthcoming DiA).
'Should we get excited about Arousal?' - Paper Presented, Spring School @ University of Göttingen
'In your [Resting-Bitch] face' - a short paper on the difference between paradigmatic facial expressions and expression in portraiture.
KCL, advanced research seminar
'Still Moving' - Paper presentation reflecting on movement in static arts @ BSA Postgrad conference Durham University.
'Personal Perspectives' - Paper presented at the IP London Philosophy conference.
'Imagined Pictorial Emotions' - Paper presentation, King's College London.
'What makes a painting sad?' - invited speaker, UCL Philosophy Society
'Savouring your Smile' - Paper in progress presentation at the Graduate Conference KCL
May - June 2018
What Makes Us Human? @ Tate Britain
The Gaze, seminar @ Tate Britain
The Body, seminar @ Tate Britain
Anxiety, seminar @ Tate Britain
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
I have produced a number of films for the Centre for Philosophy and Visual Arts. A selection of which are below.