Art and Its Materials Led by Marina Vishmidt, Lecturer in Culture Industry at Goldsmiths, University of London

Spike Island

01179292266
admin@spikeisland.org.uk
http://www.spikeisland.org.uk/events/talks/discussion-art-and-its-materials-september-2017/

Thursday 16 November 2017
6-7.30pm
Opening Hours: 12-5pm
Admission Fee: £5, £3 concessions Free for Spike Associates
Booking recommended
http://www.spikeisland.org.uk/events/talks/discussion-art-and-its-materials-september-2017/

The third of four events exploring the relationship between art, aesthetics and contemporary materialism. Organised in partnership with the Philosophy Programme and Social Sciences in the City, University of the West of England.

Materials, technologies, found objects and situations have properties of their own, and a significant part of the pleasure in making is exploring what these properties can do, where they can lead, and what they make possible. There is also a metaphorical dimension to making in that, while materials, etc. have properties of their own, manipulating them artistically can take their properties somewhere else, have them evoke or suggest properties of an entirely different nature. On the one hand, this can give the material or object in question a poetic power. On the other, the meaning can be unexpected and can work against the original intention. This seminar discusses the metaphorical nature of making in contemporary art, and what it means to have ideas other than your own rush in and take over.

This event is organised in partnership with the Philosophy Programme and Social Sciences in the City, University of the West of England (UWE) and the Working Group on Contemporary Materialism. 

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