The Aesthetics Group is a research group affiliated with The Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM) and based in Dublin. We are researchers and practitioners from a variety of different backgrounds such as philosophy, visual art, digital media, theatre and performance. Since 2012 we have collaboratively engaged with aesthetic theory, practice and policy to develop new critical positions in aesthetics and related fields.
An important outcome of our research involves performative pedagogy. The group collaboratively write texts around which they then enact performances. This has included ‘A Unique Press Conference’ for their text ‘Turn, turn, turn: Civic Instrumentalisation and the Promotion of Autonomy in Contemporary Arts Funding’ at the European Society for Aesthetics Conference in Dublin, 2015 (pdf available here). The conference was organised and hosted by GradCAM. The Aesthetics Group also performed ‘A Re-turn to Schiller: Dublin v Barcelona’ a live link between Dublin and The European Society for Aesthetics conference in Barcelona 2016. This performance was based around Schiller’s mobilisation of ‘play’. The group are currently researching the aesthetics of the digital. All members of the group are also members of The Digital Studies Network Seminar.
We have recently performed “I See Birds Flying Over the White House” at the Research Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. The piece was developed in response to artist Michael Bell Smith’s wonderful artwork “Birds Over the White House” (courtesy of the artist and Foxy Production, NY) which the artist specially repurposed for the performance. The Aesthetics Group were also responding to the theme of the Pavilion “Utopia’s of Access”.
We will be presenting a new paper at The InHuman Gaze Conference in Paris on 6th-9th of June 2018. https://theinhumangaze.com/