The (OOO) Project_6 The Aesthetics of the Other: Alienation, Estrangement, and Unfamiliarity

08/03/2017 - 15/05/2017

The (OOO) Project
(Out Of Office)  (Object Oriented Ontology)

The (OOO) Project is a series of lectures by contemporary philosophers, researchers and intellectuals, selected by Gloria Maria Gallery, that aim to provide a thorough introduction to questioning objects, ontology, human, post-human, post-capitalism and art.

The (OOO) Project_6 features “The Aesthetics of the Other: Alienation, Estrangement, and Unfamiliarity” released by YALE University in occasion of the J. Irwin Miller Symposium in October 2016.

This symposium, convened by Mark Foster Gage, explored emerging positions that cast aesthetics as the primary discourse for social, ecological, and political engagement.

In contrast to commonly held opinions that these issues are antithetical to the aesthetic, recent work in aesthetic theory across multiple disciplines suggests that such political and ontological problems may be best addressed as aspects of aesthetic experience.

An interdisciplinary group of philosophers, scholars, media theorists, artists, curators, and architects did speculate on how a reignited discourse on aesthetics is prompting new insights into our relationships with not only objects, spaces, environments, and ecologies, but also with each other and political structures in which we are all enmeshed.

Philosophical viewpoints foregrounding aesthetics, including Accelerationism, Afro-Futurism, Dark Ecology, Extro-Science Fiction, Disobedient Objects, Immaterialism, Object-Oriented Ontology, and Xenofeminism, have been explored and discussed through a series of lectures, presentations of work, and interdisciplinary roundtable discussions.

This session of the J. Irwin Miller Symposium, “Aesthetic Activism” explores the interrelationship between art and architectural practices; formulates new ideas about how architecture can be more interdisciplinary; identifies trends in architecture and art that rely on creating unusual and strange spaces and objects; analyzes how lighting can impact the understanding of space in photography and architecture.

“The Aesthetics of the Other: Alienation, Estrangement, and Unfamiliarity”

Gregory Crewdson (Yale University),

Caroline Picard (Curator),

Pamela Rosenkranz (Artist),

Roger Rothman (Bucknell University)

Michael Young (Yale University), Discussion Moderator

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