Theoretical Seminar & Critical Meeting

April 29, 1:00 pm. Malunu st. 3 (VDA C1 building), 102 room.

The event is held in English and moderated by prof. Henrik B. Andersen. 


13:00 – 14:30 Verlust der Mitte: On posthuman aspects of modern art

Prof. dr. Jacob Wamberg
(Aarhus University School of Communication and Culture Art History)

14:30 – 15:15   Dovilė Dagienė
Portrait without a face and the faceless portrait
(Art PhD I grade, Photography and Media Arts department)

From the series „Portraits“, 70x90

15:15 – 16:00 Renata Magzumova
Shift - reality and recollections exist by their own rules
(MA II grade, Graphics Department)

Charcoal on paper, 1.5x4.2 meters

16:15 – 17:00 Rytis Urbanskas
Sensing the sense
(MA I grade, Sculpture Department)

Photograph from Internet

17:00 – 17:15 Closing word. Jacob Wamberg

13:00 – 14:30 Prof. dr. Jacob Wamberg. Verlust der Mitte: On posthuman aspects of modern art

Why is modern art behaving so strangely? This question was frequently asked when modern art was young, but now we have become so used to artistic experiments that posing it easily seems a sign of ignorance or conservatism. In this lecture, however, I will take the strangeness at face value, seeing an alien, non-human presence as indeed the defining characteristic of modern art. More precisely, I will relate modern art to an emerging posthuman condition, taking its myriad explorations of new ways of being situated - sensorially, cognitively, corporeally - as means to transcend an anthropocentric world view. In Hans Sedlmayr's Verlust der Mitte (1948) modern art was already seen as anti-humanistic, but in contrast to Sedlmayr I see this tendency as healthy rather than sick.

Students, who would like to present your artistic work in Critical Meeting, please fill in a registration form.

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