Transforming Aesthetics explores the response of aesthetic theory to new forms of art and exhibition practice, emerging in relation to post-9/11 politics, globalisation, post-colonialism and the demise of Euro-centrism. The entanglement of art with politics frequently prompts art theorists to import concepts from cultural/political theory. But art is not simply a field of application for theory; rather, concepts and theories may be understood to emerge from the visual. For this reason it is crucial to attend to the specifics of visual or aesthetic languages. New forms of political and post-colonial practice call for a new set of critical terms - for an expansion and re-evaluation of the field of aesthetic theory. Thus this conference maps the ongoing transformation of aesthetics.
7-9th July 2005