Aesthetic Experience Today
12/09_09:00 - 13/09

Aesthetic Experience Today

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Prague (Post)Graduate Aesthetics Conference

12. – 13. September 2019

Keynote speakers: Madalina Diaconu (Universität Wien), Joerg Fingerhut (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

The aim of the conference is to present and discuss challenges that the concept of aesthetic experience faces in the current times and explore contexts in which it plays a significant role. The conference speakers include graduate students and early-career researchers coming from Central European universities and beyond.

Keynote speakers:

Madalina Diaconu (Universität Wien)

Aesthetic experience or artistic practice? A dilemma of contemporary aesthetics

The core concept of aesthetic experience inherits fundamental premises of modern philosophy such as the relation of an individual subject to a sensual object and the basic distinction between (theoretical) knowledge, (contemplative-evaluative) experience and (practical) action. The focus on the experience provides complex insights into subjective states, processes and operations, yet it is prone to psychologism and anthropocentrism. Also the theories based on aesthetic experience privilege the receiver’s perspective and encounter difficulties in dialoguing with non-Euroamerican aesthetics. As a result, others prefer to start from the artistic practices, which integrate not only the so-called aesthetic experience, but also artistic research and production. In spite of their recent development, the theories of artistic practices are still conceptually underdeveloped. A comparative evaluation of each direction on selected examples leads to the conclusion regarding their complementarity. Finally, the lecture recommends a pragmatic approach that opts for a theory either of aesthetic experience or of artistic practice depending on its applicability and relevance for the specific aesthetic field explored.

Joerg Fingerhut (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Twofoldness, Complexity, and Artistic Beauty

Neuroaesthetics and empirical aesthetics have been under attack from philosophical accounts of the arts. I will address why we nonetheless need them to inform us about our appreciative practice. Discussing experimental work of our group (on motor-engagement with film, cross-cultural differences regarding preferences for complexity, as well as the role of beauty in art), I will demonstrate the prospects and limits of this growing field.

Conference organizers

Mgr. Tereza Hadravová, PhD.

Mgr. Šárka Lojdová

Mgr. Sabrina Muchová

Olga Moiseeva

Matěj Hřib

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The conference is organized by The Department of Aesthetics at Charles University in Prague and the Czech Society for Aesthetics. It is supported by the Charles University Research Programme “Progres” Q 14 – Rationality Crisis and Modern Thought.

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