(Knowing not to know) – Art & Philosophy Sessions will be aimed at a cross-section of interests and experience, aiming to build on and become shaped by the interests and direction taken by the participants. Different guests will be leading each of the four sessions throughout 2009.
Reading groups will be established between each session, which will look at excerpts from key foundational texts, while doing so in an atmosphere of the non-expert. These readings will create a shared body of knowledge and a platform for the sessions.
Participants are welcome from all fields and backgrounds.
To register your place on this session email firstname.lastname@example.org
Session 1 – IMAGE
Q.(How) Do we image what we do not know?
(Looking at Rancière)
Most conversations around the work of Rancière and the mutual interest between the art-discursive community and the philosopher have been around the relationship between politics and aesthetics from the point of view of the political. What this session will deal with is the question of what aesthetic-perceptive issues might be thrown up by the notion in Rancières work on ignorance, disinterested knowing, and the distribution of the sensible.
Reading Session 1: Monday 16th Feb, 5pm
The Ignorant Schoolmaster, Ch 1,An Intellectual Adventure pp.1-18, available here.
The emancipated spectator; available here.
Also we will look at Artforum March 07 issue on Rancière, available (need to register) here.
Reading Session 2: Monday 2nd March, 5pm
Politics of Aesthetics, Ch 1, The Distribution of the Sensible, pp.12-19, available here.
Reading Session 3: Monday 23rd March, 5pm
The Aesthetic Revolution, available here.
MAIN SESSION: RANCIÈRE & REPRESENTATION, Monday 6th April
Session 2 – OBJECT
Q: What are the Limits and Object(ives) of thinking?
(Looking at Derrida)
“Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know.” Donald Rumsfeld
Reading Session 1: Monday 20th April, 5pm
Aporias, Ch I, Finis, pp. 1- 43, Some pages available here.
Reading Session 2: Monday 4th May, 5pm
Daniel Birnbaum and Anders Olsson
An Interview with Jacques Derrida on the Limits of Digestion, available here.
Reading Session 3: Monday 25th May, 5pm
Derrida, Memoirs of the Blind, available here.
MAIN SESSION: DERRIDA AND APORIAS, Monday 8th June, 5pm
Session 3 THING
Q: What is a (known) Thing?
(Looking at Heidegger)
Reading Session 1: date TBC
What is Called Thinking?, Lecture 1, pp.4-18, available here.
Reading Session 2: date TBC
Art and Space, available here.
Reading Session 3: date TBC
(two short essays)
Jean-Luc Nancy, Two Secrets of the Fetish, available here.
Agamben, The Thing Itself, available here.
MAIN SESSION: DATES TBC
Session 4 EVENT
Q: What is (called)(an) Event?
(To be decided by over period of the developing sessions)
Session dates to be announced at a later date.
On-line resources for the reading group:
(Knowing not to know): Art & Philosophy Sessions has been generously developed by Sinead Hogan for Project Arts Centre in 2009.