In this lecture, Professor Andrew Benjamin will speak about his new publication Writing Art and Architecture. Here he turns his attention to architecture, design, sculpture, painting and writing. Drawing predominantly on a European tradition of modern philosophical criticism running from the German Romantics through Walter Benjamin and beyond, he offers a sequence of strong meditations on a diverse ensemble of works and themes: on the library and the house, on architectural theory, on Rachel Whiteread, Peter Eisenman, Anselm Kiefer, Peter Nielson, David Hawley, Terri Bird, Elizabeth Presa and others.
For Benjamin, criticism is bound up with judgment. Objects of criticism always become more than mere documents. The essays in this new publication dissolve the prejudices that have determined our relation to aesthetic objects and to thought, releasing in their very care and attentiveness to the ‘objects themselves’ the unexpected potentialities such objects harbour. In his sensitivity to what he calls ‘the particularity of material events’, Benjamin’s writing comes to exemplify new possibilities for the contemporary practice of criticism itself. These essays are a major contribution to critical thought about art and architecture today, and a genuine work of what Benjamin identifies as a ‘materialist aesthetics’.
This will be held 6:15pm drinks for a 6:30pm start, Wednesday 13th October, level 5 Architecture Studios Building 6, UTS City Campus, 702-730 Harris Street, Ultimo 2007
Andrew Benjamin is Professor of Critical Theory and Philosophical Aesthetics at Monash University where he is also Director of the Research Unit in European Philosophy. His most recent books are Style and Time: Essays on the Politics of Appearance (North Western University Press, 2006), Of Jews and Animals (Edinburgh University Press, 2010) and Place, Commonality and Judgment: Continental Philosophy and the Ancient Greeks (Continuum 2010).
Andrew also currently holds an Honorary Appointment as Adjunct Professor at UTS School of Architecture.
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