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2.5.2013

Armen Avanessian

Against the Regime of (aesthetical) Correlationism
19:00Center for Art and Philosophy of Erasmus University .3000 Rotterdam
 

Peter Osborne has recently made the 'speculative proposition' that post-conceptual art articulates a post-aesthetic poetics. Contemporary art might no longer be an aesthetic art, or at least, it might no longer be understood within the traditional (philosophical) framework of aesthetics. Just as art is undergoing an ontological change, the new linguistic ontology of contemporary fiction or narration, too, demands a Speculative Poetics. Both the con-temporary (in the arts) and the present tense (in recent novels) are characterized by the co-presence of several present times. This co-presence cannot be experienced as such by a subject, it is only present for speculative thought. This quality of the con-temporary and the asynchronous present displayed in art and literature today provokes the question of the extent to which a speculative art history or speculative theory of literature needs to go beyond aesthetics. The hypothesis to be explored here is that we witness the first signs of a revision of the eighteenth-century inauguration of aesthetics, which had relegated poetics (and rhetoric) to the sidelines. A speculative criticism targets the very correlationism of aesthetics, i.e. its structural implementation of the hermeneutic relation between the object and its subjective observer or reader.

|Speculative Art Histories| A three-day international research symposium at the Center for Art and Philosophy of Erasmus University Rotterdam and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art on Thursday 2, Friday 3, and Saturday 4 May, 2013|Speculative Art Histories| A three-day international research symposium at the Center for Art and Philosophy of Erasmus University Rotterdam and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art on Thursday 2, Friday 3, and Saturday 4 May, 2013