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British Society of Aesthetics Conference Aesthetics and Ethics in the Digital Age, July 6-8 2021, Cambridge (Virtual event)

Venue: This will be a virtual event - details forthcoming.

Submissions are invited for the upcoming British Society of Aesthetics conference Aesthetics and Ethics in the Digital Age.

The aim of this conference is to explore some developments in recent practice that raise new and interesting questions for the philosophy of art. Artists, or at least Avant Garde artists, produce art as a response to, and commentary on, contemporary life and the contemporary world. Avant Garde art is also characterised by trying to change the world to what the artists believe will be a better future. There is a set of artists (from across the visual and performance arts and crafts) working independently in different parts of the world, who are creating new forms of technological interfaces and experimenting with the biological, the nano and the digital. At the heart of all their works is a deep ethos of balancing the aesthetic and the ethical in how we relate with others and our environment, whether in the same physical space or as distributed bodies. The spheres of the arts, sciences, and (in particular) technology overlap both to explore and to attempt to change the way in which we live in the world. These artistic practices raise questions about the interaction between aesthetics and ethics that go beyond those familiar to us in discussions over the past decade or so. Indeed, the whole area is largely unexplored by Analytic Aesthetics (at least in the UK). The aim of this conference is to bring together artists and theorists to explore the issues raised.


Vittorio Gallese (Parma) - Digital World: The Experience of Self and Others in COVID-19 time.

Barbara Formis (Paris) - Gesture and Emergence of Meaning.

Maja Kuzmanovic (Brussels) - Convivia, Refugia, Not Always Everywhere.

Ian Cross (Cambridge) - Music as Solipsism and Sociality.

Kyoo Lee (New York) - Tele Be in the Age of Pandemicreativity: Going Retrofutural with Nam June Paik, a TechnoPhiloPoet.

Vid Simoniti (Liverpool) - Digital Images.

Caroline Nevejan (Amsterdam) - Creative Capabilities are Core.

Jonas Tinius (Berlin) - The Techno-Heritage of Restitution: Art, Anthropology, and Colonial Legacies.

Satinder P Gill (Cambridge) - Shaping our Tacit Engagement.

Victoria Vesna (Los Angeles) - Title TBC

Warren Neidich (Los Angeles/Berlin) - Activist Neuroaesthetics: Dissensus in the coming age of Neural Capitalsim.

Derek Matravers (Cambridge) - How Should One Live?

Alexis Johnson (Lancashire) - Collaborative Art.

Ariana Phillips-Hutton (Cambridge) - Hearing the Truth.

Sha Xin-Wei (Arizona) - Ethico-Aesthetic Play.

Abstracts of up to 1000 words should be submitted as an email attachment to Satinder Gill () and Derek Matravers (). Please include the talk title, author’s name, affiliation and contact details in the body of email; and please write “BSA Conference Submission” in the subject line.  Abstracts should outline a talk lasting either 15 or 25 minutes, on a topic related to the topic of the conference. We are also inviting proposals for performances/interactive art workshops. The deadline for submissions is the end of 31st March 2021.

There will be no registration fee for the conference. The conference will adhere to BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme.

For more information, please email Satinder Gill or Derek Matravers (emails above).