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Lecture Cycle: Languages of Culture

4 October 2015 – 29 May 2016
Sundays, 17:00–22:00

DESCRIPTION

Andrey Velikanov is both philosopher and artist, and his lectures Languages of Culture, combining theory and practice, will complement and comment on the Philosophy of Art course he delivered last year. 

The lectures and seminars will look at the connection between philosophy and culture — with culture envisaged as a semiotic structure in a constant process of creation and speaking to us in many languages. In this context, art turns into a tool for the study and development of culture. 

Visitors are welcome to attend either specific lectures of their choice or the full course. An expanded program and in-depth analysis of the subjects discussed in the course will be offered in the form of a study group, where participants will analyze texts and participate in debates, developing their own creative vision, style, and ideas on culture and the world, as well as continuing to learn about the history of philosophy and art movements out of class.

Any scientific, vocational or art school aims to provide its students with a range of skills and the knowledge they will need in order to master a profession. Andrey Velikanov’s school offers its students the opportunity to become themselves: learning about other people’s ideas, as well as practicing their own skills, will inevitably lead to the question of self-identification. For some, it will be a difficult or painful encounter. For others, it will be a chance to rediscover themselves, think and learn in a group, and employ various existing intellectual and creative practices in the development of new ideas.

ABOUT THE LECTOR

Andrey Velikanov is a philosopher, art theorist, and artist. His publications on art and cultural theory include Am I a Trembling Simulacrum, or Do I Have the Right? (NLO, 2007). He has taught at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russian State University for the Humanities, UNIC Institute, Wordshop Communications Academy, Moscow 1905 Art Academy, MediaArtLab Open School, Center of Avant-Garde at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, and Free Workshops Art School, and regularly gives talks and takes part in discussions at various venues. He is also the recipient of several media art awards and prizes including Ostranenie (Germany), DADANET (Russia), Art on the Net (Japan), TrashArt (Russia), Southwest Interactive Festival (U.S.A.), and Split (Croatia).

SCHEDULE

November 4, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center 

Language and Culture

December 6, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center

Ratio and Sensus: Laplace’s Demon, the Newton-Cartesian Model, Mathematics and Music

December 13, Sunday 

 

 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center

Those Who Scorn Mean Necessity: Another Remark on Beauty and the Sublime

December 20, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center

Richard Wagner as an Art Theorist: Gesamtkunstwerk

December 27, Sunday

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center

New Year Program

December 27, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center

Formalism in Art: LEF, Futurism

January 17, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center

Alexander Rodchenko, Vladimir Favorsky, Nikolai Ladovsky, Composition and Construction, «A Monastery on State Dotation» and «Chaos Instead of Music»

January 24, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center

Fiume and Other Poetic States

January 31, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center

Ludwig II of Bavaria: The Fairytale King and Totalitarian Aesthetic

February 7, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center

An Invented Cosmos: Georges Méliès, Fritz Lang, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Transhumanism, From Frankenstein to Superhuman

February 14, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center

Eclectic Psychology: Karl Leonhard

February 21, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center

Marx’s Spectres

February 28, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center

Wilhelm Dilthey: Hermeneutics, Understanding, Interpretation

March 6, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center

Positivism in Art: Visual Studies, Iconic Turn

March 13, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center

Art as Intuitive Philosophy 

March 20, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center

The Banality of Evil: Hannah Arendt, Andrei Sakharov, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

March 27, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center

Language Revolution, Between Strict Logic and Absurdity 

April 3, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center

Architectural Utopias

April 10, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center

Marshall McLuhan: The Medium is the Message

April 17, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center

Schizophrenia, Paranoia, and Epilepsy as Cultural Models

April 24, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center

Vernacular: Traditional in Contemporary 

May 8, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center

Culture as Cultivation: Evolution and Reduction, Culture as a Creative Subject

May 15, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center

God Hasn’t Been Born: Art as Religion

May 22, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center

Gender Chaos

HOW TO TAKE PART

The free lectures and seminars will take place on Sundays from 17:00 to 22:00. Participants in the study group will be expected to spend extra time on further reading and studies, individually as well as in the group. Recordings of the 2014/15 lectures will be provided.

For further information on the course, please visit http://velikanov.ru/philosophyofart.asp.
To apply for a place in the study group, please read the requirements at http://velikanov.ru/entrant.asp.

Please note that the lecture will be conducted in Russian without translation into English.

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