Graham Harman on “The Origin of the Work of Art”

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Graham Harman will be giving a lecture entitled “On the Origin of the Work of Art (atonal remix)” in the Main Lecture Theatre at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth from 13:30 to 15:00 on Friday 1 February 2008.

Here is the abstract:

On the Origin of the Work of Art (atonal remix)

Graham Harman
American University in Cairo

Martin Heidegger’s essay “On the Origin of the Work of Art” is one of the most influential works on aesthetics ever written by a philosopher. But while his account of the strife between world and earth is certainly suggestive, there are at least two problems with it. First, his concept of strife tends to swell to the point of covering everything in the world, which gives it great philosophical scope, but lessens its value as a specific account of artworks. Second, Heidegger later replaces his twofold strife between world and earth with a fourfold strife between earth, sky, gods, and mortals, without telling us how this affects his earlier essay on artworks. In this lecture I will try to shed some light on the relation between artworks, ordinary objects, and inanimate causal relations.

Biography

Graham Harman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the American University in Cairo, and currently Visiting Associate Professor of Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Science at the University of Amsterdam. He is the author of Tool-Being: Heidegger and the Metaphysics of Objects (2002), Guerrilla Metaphysics: Phenomenology and the Carpentry of Things (2005), Heidegger Explained: From Phenomenon to Thing (2007), and Prince of Networks: Bruno Latour and Metaphysics (just completed). His current book project is a systematic work of metaphysics entitled Object-Oriented Philosophy.

For further information regarding this event please contact Tammy Lu at tlu@aib.ac.uk

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