artasmatterofaffectThis symposium will assess the effects of material and affective turns in contemporary cultural theory on the production and reception of art and visual practices, situating the aesthetic experience as a relationship between the human and non-human, the material and immaterial, the social and physical, the analogue and the digital.

Different genres (e.g. installation, video, photography, new media) will be examined using the potential of perceptual modalities alternative to semiotics and iconography. The symposium will focus on mediations that are not purely cognitive, but also affective (a non-conscious, unstructured experience of intensity) and ‘intra-active’ (circumscribed matter and meaning of the art work, as well as the self-contained viewer, emerge immanently from the aesthetic encounter).

Speakers are:

  • renée hoogland (Associate Professor of English at Wayne State University in Detroit)
  • Birgit Kaiser (Assistant Professor at the Department of Comparative Literature at Utrecht University)
  • Amanda Lagerkvist (Associate Professor in Media and Communication Studies at Södertörn University, Stockholm)
  • Marie-Pier Boucher (PhD candidate in the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University)

The symposium takes place on Tuesday December 10 from 10 AM – 1 PM in Utrecht.
Registration compulsory:
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