Philosophy in between science, art, and religion. The intuitive of the rational, and the logic of the sensuous

Date

From 3 September 2017

Schedule

17:00–19:00

Place

Garage Education Center
Philosophy in between science, art, and religion. The intuitive of the rational, and the logic of the sensuousPhilosophy in between science, art, and religion. The intuitive of the rational, and the logic of the sensuous

DESCRIPTION

The topic of the lecture is the borders of rational thinking.

Is there a possibility of an “alternative” philosophy? Indeed, philosophy can be different: Western and Eastern, continental and analytical. As a type of science, philosophy is precise—but can also answer moral questions, as does religion. Generally, though, it has to stick to its own scope of rules without crossing certain limits—otherwise philosophy would fall into banality and amateurism. That is why it has always flirted with various arts, which would allow to play in the field where almost any experiments, and complete absurdity are made possible, while meaning profound cognitive strategies at the same time. It doesn’t imply, however, that philosophy can maintain its status of an older, wiser and stricter mate of art, hence the ambiguous meaning of the notion “philosophy of art": it is always a chicken-or-egg kind of relationship.

“…philosophy and art are paired up like Lacan’s Master and Hysteric. We know that the hysteric comes to the Master and says: "Truth speaks through my mouth, I am here. You have knowledge, tell me who I am." Whatever the knowing subtlety of the master’s reply, we can also anticipate that the hysteric will let him know that it must all be taken up again and worked through at length in order to please her. In so doing, the hysteric takes charge of the master, "barring" him from mastery and becoming his mistress. Likewise, art is always already there, addressing the thinker with the mute and scintillating question of its identity while through constant invention and metamorphosis it declares its disappointment about everything that the philosopher may have to say about it.” (Alain Badiou, Handbook of Inaesthetics. Transl. by Alberto Toscano. Stanford University Press, 2005.)

ABOUT THE LECTURER

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 a 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).

HOW TO TAKE PART

Free admission