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

This conference is a collaboration between the Centre for Music and Science at the University of Cambridge, and the Philosophy Department at the Open University. 


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.

Programme (N.B. there may be minor changes to the schedule in the next couple of days)

There is no registration fee. 
For any queries, please email Satinder Gill () and Derek Matravers ().



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