Aesthetics in a Time of Emergency

Aesthetics in a Time of Emergency? beyond the relational-aesthetic paradigm, seminar with Christoph Shaefer, HeHe, Alana Jelinek, Nicola Kirkham, David Butler & Vee Pollock, Jane Grant & John Matthias, Malcolm Miles.

26 May 2010 → 27 May 2010
Levinsky building (G011), University of Plymouth , United Kingdom

Wednesday May 26 from 17.00 to 19.00, followed by wine in the gallery and special viewing of Jane Grant’s exhibition Leaving Earth and music by John Matthias and Andy Prior, & Thursday May 27 2010 from 10.00 to 16.00

IF relational aesthetics proposes new kinds of relation between spectators (not between art its public but within that public), THEN Is this a response to changes in art or changes in socio-economic-political structures? Can a sociable art take a political turn? How do new technologies of sociability address this? How does art or theory address global issues such as climate change and social division? Is there a viable aesthetic for today’s time of emergency?

The symposium will address these and other issues. There will be equal time for presentations and discussion.


  • David Butler (Newcastle University)
  • Helen Evans (HeHe, Paris)
  • Jane Grant and John Matthias (University of Plymouth)
  • Alana Jelinek (University of Cambridge)
  • Nicola Kirkham (University College London)
  • Malcolm Miles (University of Plymouth)
  • Christoph Schäfer (Park Fiction, Hamburg)
  • Geoff Cox (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • Anya Lewin, University of Plymouth)
  • Magdalena Tyżlik-Carver (University College Falmouth)

The event is free and open to any interested person, but please book a place.

Organised by:

  • CULTURE-THEORY-SPACE research group & KURATOR/ART & SOCIAL TECHNOLOGIES research group, both Faculty of Arts, University of Plymouth
  • INTERSECTIONS research project, Faculty of Art, University of Newcastle