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Seminars in Social Aesthetics

2010 Seminars

April 7

Visualization and the Art of Metaphoric Mapping in Science and Art

Jack Ox

For the mind to grasp its significance, numerical data must be converted into visual constructions or even musical constructions. It must be made into a thing, reified. One reifies in order to conceptualize. The process by which we attribute structure and meaning to data can be described as a species of mapping, similar to metaphor. As in rhetoric, the range of representations conditions our understanding of the domain of data. The author examines intermedia and metaphor as methodologies of representation, and shows how the problematic area of data representation has reunited art and science in fruitful ways. Through examples of computer-aided visualization, she discusses the philosophical implications of models and taxonomies of representation. She speculates on ways to train artists to work between domains, helping to create languages of multi-modal representation that facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration.

Jack Ox is Assistant Research Professor, College of Fine Arts, The University of New Mexico and is an associate of the Center for Advanced Research Computing at the University of New Mexico. She has exhibited at The Albuquerque Museum, Loughborough University UK, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, NY, Galerie Marlene Frei, Zürich, Switzerland, Galerie Anton Meier, Geneva, Switzerland, Gallery 400, College of Architecture and the Arts, University of Illinois, Chicago, and has been Program Co-Chair for Creativity & Cognition 09, University of California, Berkeley, California, and Co-curator of Abstract Visual Music Exhibition for the Digital Salon at the School of Visual Arts, NYC. Ox is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Visual Arts Practice, the Advisory Council for the Center for Visual Music, Los Angeles, California, the Board of Directors New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., and is International Co-Editor, Leonardo: Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology. She has been resident Visiting Artist at the Art and Technology Center, and the Albuquerque High Performance Computing Center at the University of New Mexico, Visiting Fellow at Creativity and Cognition, LUTCHI Research Centre, U. of Loughborough,UK, and Visiting Fellow, Department of Computer Science, LUTCHI Research Centre, U. of Loughborough, UK.

Image: Visual Sound

June 7

Writing Around the Kitchen Table: Critical Spatial Writing Practices

July 22-25

Panel on Social Aesthetics

Arts in Society Conference
University of Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts

August 24

The Paths to Beauty and Good: On the connection between aesthetic and ethical action

Andrea Vestrucci

The paper presents some formal aspects that ethical action and aesthetic action share, with the aim of organizing a more cogent discourse on the connection between the spheres of ethics and aesthetics. Qualities such as spontaneity, (self)sincerity and unconditionality, and elements such as the presence of a prescriptive ground, the character of originality and unpredictability, the relationship to others as receptors of the products of action, combine together to determine a structural form constituting both kinds of action—a form that could be conceived as a movement of approximation to a transcendent dimension. The paper concludes with a tentative analysis of this transcendent ground via a reference to a renewal of the connection between the Good and the Beautiful.

Dr. Andrea Vestrucci is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Milan, researcher at the STL research center University of Lille, and is a Visitor in the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies at Monash University. Dr. Vestrucci\’s area of research is ethics and aesthetics. He is working on the aesthetic dimension of ethics, and on the application of ethical categories to aesthetic phenomena. In his work The Movement of Morals. Ágnes Heller and Eric Weil (forthcoming Il Filarete, Milan 2011), he analyses the formal synthesis between the ethics of intention and the ethics of responsibility, through the philosophies of Heller and Weil. He is the editor of a collection of Weil\’s essays on ethics and politics, Eric Weil, Violenza e libertà, Mimesis, Milan 2006. His work has appeared in a variety of journals and edited volumes.

September 22-23

Place and Performance

September 22nd
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Truth, Art, Performance.

September 23rd
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Professor Jeff Malpas

Jeff Malpas, leading commentator on the work of Heidegger and a renowned innovative philosopher in his own right, is giving two open lectures at Monash University, Clayton and Caulfield next week.

Jeff is visiting Monash from Sept 21st to Sept 24th at the invitation of the School of English Communications and Performance Studies. During this time he will work with students from the Centre for Theatre and Performance on site-specific performance projects, and address the Truth in Performance reading group. He will also present two open lectures/forums.

Jeff Malpas is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tasmania where he also holds an ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor at LaTrobe University. His book Place and Experience: A Philosophical Topography (Cambridge 1999) is a seminal work in the philosophy of place. He is the author of Heidegger’s Topology (MIT 2006) and co-editor of Perspectives on Human Dignity (Springer 2006). He has published extensively on topics in phenomenology, hermeneutics and place.

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