Peripheral Visions: Lecture Series on Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Contemporary Art
Wednesday 19 March 2014
18.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN
Social Relations and Contemporary Art
Professor Nathalie Heinich (Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris)
Practices of Contemporary Art: A Pragmatic Approach to a New Artistic Paradigm
Professor Nathalie Heinich, the author of the forthcoming book Le Paradigme de l’art contemporain. Structures d’une révolution artistique will present her thesis that contemporary art represents a new paradigm in the sense defined by Thomas Kuhn, American historian of science. In order to do this, she approaches art with tools from ‘pragmatic sociology’: she is undertaking a close observation of the material, social, juridical and axiological conditions under which objects may be treated as artworks.
Nathalie Heinich, a sociologist, is a research director at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS); she works within the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). Besides numerous articles in scholarly and cultural reviews, she has published works dealing with the status of the artist and the notion of the author (La Gloire de Van Gogh 1991 [The Glory of Van Gogh, 1996]; Du peintre à l’artiste 1993; Etre Écrivain 2000; L’Élite Artiste 2005; De l’Artification, with Roberta Shapiro 2012); on contemporary art (Le Triple jeu de l’art contemporain, 1998; L’Art contemporain exposé aux rejets, 1998); on the question of identity (États de femme, 1996; L’Épreuve de la grandeur, 1999; Mères-filles, une relation à trois, with Caroline Eliacheff, 2002; Les Ambivalences de l’émancipation féminine, 2003); on the history of sociology (La Sociologie de Norbert Elias, 1997; Ce que l’art fait à la sociologie, 1998; La Sociologie de l’art, 2001; La Sociologie à l’épreuve de l’art, 2007; Pourquoi Bourdieu, 2007; Le Bêtisier du sociologue, 2009); and on values (La Fabrique du patrimoine, 2009; De la visibilité, 2012).
Open to all, free admission
Organised by Kaija Kaitavuori and Liz Kim with Prof Julian Stallabrass (The Courtauld Institute of Art)in cooperation with the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni. Sponsored in part by the Sfumato Foundation.
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