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Full Announcement: Conference and Art Exhibition

Posted by jwilso53 on April 16, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Conference and Art Exhibition on Pragmatist Aesthetics / L'art a l'etat vif


The Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne will be holding a one-day conference, on May 25th, 2012, to mark the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Richard Shusterman’s Pragmatist Aesthetics: Living Beauty, Rethinking Art (Oxford: Blackwell, 1992), simultaneously published as L’art à l’état vif: la pensée pragmatiste et l’esthétique populaire by Minuit in Paris. The title of the conference is: “Pragmatist Aesthetics: 20 years later” / “L’art à l’état vif: 20 ans après."

To accompany the conference and trace the impact of Shusterman’s work not only in aesthetics, philosophy, and the human sciencesbut also in contemporary art, the Sorbonne will also be organizing an art show. The exhibition, from May 24th through June 8th, 2012 at the Michel Journiac Gallery in Paris, is entitled ”AESTHETIC TRANSACTIONS: Art et philosophie à l’état vif” or in English “AESTHETIC TRANSACTIONS: Pragmatist Philosophy through Art and Life.” It is curated by Richard Shusterman and includes seven artists with whom he has worked: Luca Del Baldo (Italy); Carsten Höller (Sweden); ORLAN (France); Pan, Gongkai (China); Thecla Schiphorst (Canada); Tatiana Trouvé (France); and Yann Toma (France). At the opening of the exhibition there will be a live performance of the interactive, wearable artwork Tendrils, embodied by Jinsil Seo, the co-creator, with Thecla Schiphorst, of this piece. David Zerbib and Barbara Formis provide organizational and curatorial assistance in Paris. Michel Journiac Gallery is located at 47, rue des Bergers, 75015 Paris, Métro: Lourmel or Charles Michelis; www.galeriemicheljourniac.sup.fr. The conference will be held at the Amphitheatre of the Sorbonne’s adjacent Centre Saint Charles.


Conference speakers will include these artists (in a panel discussion) and philosophers such as Jean-Pierre Cometti (France) Peng Feng (China), Matthias Girel,(France), Roberto Frega, Giovanni Matteucci, and Salvatore Tedesco (Italy), Sandra Laugier (France), as well as scholars of aesthetics, literature, and the social sciences such as Wojciech Malecki (Poland), Spyros Franguiadakis (France), Chantal Pontbriand (Britain),and Jacinto Lageira (France). The conference and exhibition organizers from the Sorbonne – Barbara Formis (aesthetics) and Richard Conte (artist and professor of art) will give opening talks and Richard Shusterman will provide a concluding lecture.

This twofold project is organized by the Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, Faculty of Arts Plastiques et Sciences de l’Art (UMR ACTE, Arts ‒ Créations ‒ Théories ‒Esthétiques). French institutional partners in the project include the Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, Faculty of Philosophy (Equipe de recherche Philosophies Contemporaines) and the Ecole Normale Supérieure d’Ulm: Centre International de Recherches en Philosophie, Lettres, Savoirs. The project is also supported by other international partners: Peking University’s Center for Aesthetics and Aesthetic Education; China’s Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing); and Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.

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