Finnish Society for Aesthetics
PO Box 4, FIN-0 0 0 1 4 UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI
â€œAesthetics, Art, and Politics,â€ 6.5.-7.5.2010, University of Helsinki
The Finnish Society for Aesthetics together with the research project Artification and its ImpactÂ on Art (http://www.artification.fi/) will arrange a two-day seminar on the theme â€œAesthetics, Art,Â and Politicsâ€ from the 6th of May to the 7th of May 2010 at the University of Helsinki. TheÂ keynote speaker of the seminar is Professor AleÅ¡ Erjavec (Slovenia).
Significant connections between aesthetics, art, and politics continue to exist in the newÂ millennium. However, alongside traditional questions about artâ€™s relationship to politics and theÂ political aspects of aesthetic phenomena, a new set of issues has gradually arisen which are as much a
result of changes occurring in aesthetics and art as they are a result of changes that have recentlyÂ shaped politics. The criticism that different traditions of contemporary aesthetics have aimed againstÂ the idea of â€œpure aesthetics,â€ i.e., an aesthetics severed from political considerations, has been widelyÂ accepted. But what is the position of aesthetic theories which emphasize the social function of art andÂ aesthetics today? Do the main traditions of contemporary aesthetics any longer manage to account forÂ the current forms that the relationship between aesthetics, art, and politics takes or are novelÂ approaches required for analyzing those connections?
Many other social practices besides art are to a growing extent characterized by features which haveÂ traditionally been associated primarily with art. What sorts of aesthetic and political consequencesÂ could this process known as â€œartificationâ€ involve? What are the effects of this development, for
example, to the alleged autonomous nature of art or is this supposition a mere fallacy anyway?Â Different artistic traditions and movements embody different kinds of ideologies. How should oneÂ understand the relationship between art and politics in a world where faith in the impact of politics is
increasingly diminishing? Changes of approach in recent art research also provide a new outlook onÂ the theme of the seminar. Do the different research approaches articulate specific views of theÂ connection between aesthetics and politics and what sorts of political underpinnings, if any, couldÂ these approaches themselves involve?