The Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA) is pleased to kick off a year-long symposium, ON THE ANTHROPOCENE: Either/Or, with a series of lectures in spring 2021 by distinguished artists and scholars worldwide. The lectures will address the role of art and philosophy in relation to questions of ecology, climate change, co-existence, and sustainability as an existential urgency of our times.
The first of this series will be entitled "From Relational to Ecological Form" by Natalie Loveless.
Why does form matter? Why, given the urgency of the contemporary moment, attend to artistic form at all? This talk will track debates on artistic form in the long 20th century in order to propose a distinction between art on ecology and art that is formed ecologically. Giving theoretical and art historical background for this distinction, Loveless argues for ecological ethics that take the question of aesthetic form seriously in the context of art on—and in—the Anthropocene.
Lectures are free and open to the public on Zoom.