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  • Diffraction, Entanglement and the Sensuous Unnatural Act called Art

Golding, Johnny, 2017, Conference or Workshop, Diffraction, Entanglement and the Sensuous Unnatural Act called Art at Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences Distinguished Lecture Series, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, 20 Nov 2017.

Abstract or Description:

Not for the first time in the history, theory and practice of art has the influence of science taken on the role of a strong though usually silent partner in the development of arts' material expressions, logics, representations, stylistics and/or practical-political pathways. But today something ground-breaking and certainly compelling in its raw intensity is occurring across and through the discipline, disrupting in its wake the very meaning of materiality, philosophy, aesthetics and indeed contemporary art practice itself. In direct opposition to Newtonian physics and its insistence on a conception of absolute space as inseparable from dialectical development, Diffraction, Entanglement and the 'Sensuous Unnatural’ Act(s) of Art seeks to explore the ephemeral skins of radical matter and its consequent requirement to re-stage aesthetics and contemporary art practices away from simplistic "scientistic 'rationality' v artistic 'irrationality'” binarisms, where either art acts as the handmaiden to science or science is used as the metric for art research.

What is proposed, instead, is a walk on the wild side of science and its impact for redressing not only the tedium of a binaric divide, but propelling us toward, post-postmodern Enlightenment: one that not only re-thinks the very ‘matter’ of contemporary art, but also impacts on the question: what does it mean, in the 21st century to be or to become ‘human'.

Official URL: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/liberal-arts-...
Subjects: Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V500 Philosophy
Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
School or Centre: School of Fine Art
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2017 17:50
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2018 13:29
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/3036

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