Conferences & lectures

Uncommon Senses II Plenary Address: Sensing Symbiontics, Or, Being With Archaeo-Bacteria

DATE & TIME
Thursday, May 3, 2018
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Other dates

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

SPEAKER(S)

Caroline A. Jones

COST

Free

CONTACT

David Howes
514-848-2424 ext. 2852

WHERE

Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex
1515 St. Catherine W.
Room EV 1.605

WHEEL CHAIR ACCESSIBLE

Yes

This lecture is part of Uncommon Senses II, a sensory studies conference hosted at Concordia from May 3 to May 5, 2018.

Caroline A. Jones, Professor of Art History (Department of Architecture, MIT) will give the conference's plenary address.

Abstract: Symbiontics is a portmanteau for a polemic: Let us set a new goal for our cultural evolution, in collaboration with the earth system and multiplied species on which we utterly depend. Thinking with a range of contemporary art works that lead us in the right direction, I explore how sensory studies can serve as the opening wedge for a critique and an awakening, through which the obsessions of Western philosophy (privileging the phantasmagorical "individual," his "rational mind," and his "internal representations") might finally be set aside. In the clearing thus produced, we might glimpse, touch, taste, smell, and hum with that which is, (ontics).


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