John Lechte, ‘A Digital Aesthetics: Is it Possible?’ at the Thursday Club, Goldsmiths College, London, 4 December 2008



John Lechte
A Digital Aesthetics: Is it Possible?

Date: 4 December 2008
Location: Seminar Rooms, Ben Pimlott Building
Time: 18:00 – 20:00

The first part of the paper will examine some of the key issues surrounding the nature of aesthetics. In particular, reference will be made to Kant and beauty, as well as to experience and artistic experimentation as this is manifest in examples of digital, visual art.

The second part of this paper will discuss the work already done on aesthetics and the digital image by Mark B.N. Hansen, especially in his books New Philosophy for New Media and Bodies in Code. Paul Crowther’s theory of the ontology and aesthetics of the digital image will also be considered, as it raises the issue of whether the ontology of the digital image is compatible with any kind of aesthetics.

JOHN LECHTE is professor in Sociology at Macquarie University in Sydney, where he teaches in social and cultural theory. He has published widely on continental philosophy, particularly on the work of Julia Kristeva and Georges Bataille, and, more recently, on Bernard Stiegler and the nature of the cinema image. His current research concerns the nature, aesthetics and technologies of the image.

www.soc.mq.edu.au/staff_jlechte.html

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