The Seventeenth International Conference on the Arts in Society offers an interdisciplinary forum for discussion of the role of the arts in society. It is a place for critical engagement, examination, and experimentation, developing ideas that connect the arts to their contexts in the world – on stage, in studios and theaters, in classrooms, in museums and galleries, on the streets and in communities We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.
The Seventeenth International Conference on the Arts in Society features research addressing the following annual themes and special focus.
The Seventeenth International Conference on the Arts in Society will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field.
What is Everyday Aesthetics and how the concepts of ordinary, quotidian, ritual, banal animate the debate on the theory and philosophy of art? How does the ordinary transform our idea of 'aesthetics'? Drawing from the research of Yuriko Saito, Thomas Leddy, Katya Mandoki, Kevin Melchionne this panel aims to understand the European roots of an everyday aesthetics evoking groundbreaking theories of Maurice Blanchot and Henri Lefebvre but also Ludwig Wittgenstein.
Our focus will be on the ideas of movement, body dynamics, gestures and postures as specificities to be studied and reproduced in order to grasp the sensitive and aesthetic qualities of ordinary life. Film studies and performance art will help us understand the deepest fabric of ordinary aesthetics extending art to communicative process of sense making, connecting the arts to everyday life. The connection to ecological and political issues are key research criteria and the idea of democracy will also encourage a perspective of research aiming to blend self-inquiry and collective inquiry in order to understand the political and ecological impacts of the art process.