April 8, 2021

Spring lecture series: Giovanbattista Tusa

Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA)

Giovanbattista Tusa. Courtesy of Giovanbattista Tusa.

The Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA) is pleased to announce the third and final spring lecture in the series ON THE ANTHROPOCENE: Either/Or. The lectures address the role of art and philosophy in relation to questions of ecology, climate change, co-existence, and sustainability as an existential urgency of our times.

Lectures are free and open to the public on Zoom.

Revolution Anthropocene: Geoaesthetics of the Planetary Condition
Art in the age of the Anthropocene has the power to take care of existences marginalized by the process of rationalization of life, to subvert the traditional aesthetic process whereby an amorphous matter merely needs to be molded by a spiritual process of formation. If the Anthropocene is the age in which the planetary expansion of a universal and abstract form of humanity seems to be realized, at the same time, it also exposes the failure of anthropocentrism, as it shows how humanity and its existence depend on non-human entities. As an age that presents the possibility of the end of man as its own horizon, it also impels, evidently, the liberation from this horizon and the proliferation of histories without horizon and without ends.

Giovanbattista Tusa is a philosopher and a video artist based in Lisbon. His work spans the fields of contemporary philosophy and ecological thought, contemporary arts, cinema, and new media.

The Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA) grants a PhD in Visual Arts: Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Art Theory.

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