Universidad de los Andes Facultad de Arquitectura y Diseño


Aesthetic Promiscuities:
Art, Design, and Architecture in the Trump Era

Paul Duncum . Australia
César Peña . Colombia
13 al 24 de Marzo de 2017 . Salón S1-201
L/M/I/V 10:30 a.m – 1 p.m.  J: 2 – 4:30 p.m.
Inscripción previa: asistentedis@uniandes.edu.co

The ability to create images is a human activity that can be traced back in history to prehistoric times. This ability has been paramount in helping humans to deal with both the universe of the practical and the symbolic. Throughout history, the use of images has played different roles: images were used to appropriate the enemies’ powers; to attempt and control the elements of weather; for cultural and religious colonialism; and to foster political changes in contemporary societies. The latter can be exemplified through different processes that took place last year: the Brexit in UK, the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, and lastly, the Colombian peace referendum. In each of these cases, images and their diffusion through social networks and mass media played a central role in trying to sway people’s opinion.
In contemporary society, images are overwhelmingly present but in spite of their importance as a cultural and social mediator, their analysis is mostly neglected, overlooked, or simply taken for granted. Therefore, the seminar Aesthetic Promiscuities represents an opportunity to take a closer look at images and to place them as the central object of study, acknowledging visual culture as fundamental in defining not only everyday life matters but the definition and implementation of public policies. During the seminar, images will be studied through the lens of 20th century critical theory and aesthetic philosophy to try and understand their role in connection with urban issues, popular visual culture, photography, technology, visual rhetoric, ideology, and matters on gender, class, and race.

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