Questioning Aesthetics Symposium

Questioning Aesthetics Symposium
March 13, 2015

308A Doe Library
History of Art Department, UC Berkeley
Free and open to the public




In conjunction with the launching of the second, fully revised and expanded six volume edition of the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (July 2014), the Arts Research Center will co-host a full day symposium on Friday, March 13, 2015, looking at aesthetics as both the subject and object of critique, and as a way to explore and expand new forms of aesthetics research in many disciplines.







Topics and speakers will include the following:

9:30am: Introductions
Arts & Humanities Dean Anthony Cascardi and the George C. and Helen Pardee Professor of History of Art Whitney Davis

10am-12pm: When Is Art Participatory?
Shannon Jackson (UC Berkeley), Moderator
Grant Kester (UC San Diego)
Dee Hibbert-Jones (UC Santa Cruz)
Ted Purves (California College of Art)
Susanne Cockrell (California College of Arts)
Jen Delos Reyes (Artist, Educator and community arts organizer)

12-1pm: Lunch

1-2:45pm: When is Computing Aesthetic?
Greg Niemeyer (UC Berkeley), Moderator
Edward Shanken (U Washington)
Sharon Daniel (UC Santa Cruz)
Eric Paulos (UC Berkeley)

3-5pm: When Is Art Contemporary?
Julia Bryan-Wilson (UC Berkeley), Moderator
Richard Meyer (Stanford)
Jeffrey Skoller (UC Berkeley)
SanSan Kwan (UC Berkeley)

5pm-5:30pm: Symposium Wrap-Up
Led by Encyclopedia of Aesthetics Editor Michael Kelly


Mapping the Conversation: The Questioning Aesthetics Symposium

Mapping the Conversation: The Questioning Aesthetics Symposium Reader will present evolving conversations around participation, computing and the contemporary, where scholars and artists from around the US discuss the changing state of interdisciplinary art relations and question blind spots in the field. In preparation for the symposium, our panelists have shared introductory literature to frame the conversation. Click here to read more!


Directions to 308A Doe: Enter Doe Library through the south entrance (near the east end, the building corner closest to the Campanile). Go past the security desk and turn left and at the end of the corridor, turn right and right again – which are the only ways you *can* turn without going through a closed door – and you’ll see Elevator 3. Take the elevator to the third floor and after you’ve gone through the detection gate just outside the elevator, turn right. The door to 308A will be on the left. Map of 3rd floor.

The Questioning Aesthetics symposium is hosted by The Arts Research Center, UC Berkeley, with support from the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, the Arts & Humanities Dean’s office, and the UC Berkeley History of Art Department. Image: Hito Steyerl, Adorno´s Grey, 2012, detail.