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Undoing the Aesthetic Image

Date:24 January 2009, 10:00am to
24 January 2009, 6:00pm
Location:Clore Auditorium, Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
Fee:35 / 25 students

Supported by the Cultural Service of the French Embassy

Is it possible to liberate the paradoxical life of images from their theological shadows? Can the 'aesthetic image' be brought back from aestheticism to the political stakes of a montage of the sensible? Or is aesthetics to be thought anew through the reinscription of the image-form in the hyper-present of contemporary art?

This conference brings together four French philosophers and art historians of the image to consider these issues:

  • Éric Alliez , Professor of Contemporary French Philosophy, Middlesex University; author of La Pensée-Matisse (with Jean-Claude Bonne, 2005) and L’Oeil-Cerveau: Nouvelles Histoires de la Peinture Moderne (2007)
  • Elisabeth Lebovici, art historian and art critic; author of Louise Bourgeois (Tate Modern/Centre Pompidou,2007), Zoe Leonard (Steidl & Partners, 2007), and Agnes Thurnauer (Monografik, 2008); co-author (with Catherine Gonnard) of Femmes/artistes, artistes/femmes, Paris de 1880 à nos jours (Hazan, Paris, 2007).
  • Georges Didi-Huberman, Professor of Art History, EHESS, Paris; author of L'image survivante (2002) and La ressemblance par contact (2008)
  • Jacques Rancière, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Paris-VIII; author of The Future of the Image (2003; trans. 2007) and The Politics of Aesthetics (2000; trans. 2004)

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