Abstract: In this paper, I put forward a philosophical analysis of some works by Martin Creed. I suggest that all the works under consideration are works of conceptual art as well as of installation art, and that they display significant expressive properties. The paper is structured as follows: in the first section, I claim that the works are ontologically similar and that they all appear problematic, because it is not very clear how they should be appreciated as artworks; in the second section, I argue that the works belong to the genre conceptual art, that they are presented for intellectual appreciation, and that this is compatible with the fact that they also have expressive properties; in the third section, I submit that the works also belong to the category installation art and I explain what expressive properties they display. In the conclusion, I remark briefly on the interaction between the intellectual and aesthetic appreciation of Creed’s works.
Tag: philosophy of contemporary art
Elisa Caldarola, “Filosofia dell’arte contemporanea. Installazioni, siti, idee”, Macerata: Quodlibet, 2020.
I have a forthcoming monograph, in Italian, on installation art, exhibition installations, site-specific art, conceptual art and street art.
More info here: https://www.quodlibet.it/libro/9788822905307
Here’s the blurb (in Italian):
L’arte contemporanea è caleidoscopica: può catapultarci in ambienti complessi o minimali richiedendo la nostra attiva partecipazione, ancorarsi a luoghi particolari, porci di fronte a opere apparentemente indistinguibili da oggetti ed eventi della vita quotidiana, appropriarsi illegalmente degli spazi pubblici, e così via. Questo volume muove dalla premessa che uno dei compiti della filosofia dell’arte sia prestare attenzione a specifiche pratiche artistiche e a teorie sull’arte avanzate in altri ambiti di ricerca, per poi organizzare in maniera perspicua la molteplicità dei dati raccolti. I filosofi possono così costruire teorie quanto più generali possibile per cercare di spiegare ciò che emerge da tali dati. Le ricerche qui presentate si concentrano su alcuni fenomeni, accuratamente scelti nell’ampio panorama dell’arte contemporanea: l’installation art e i suoi rapporti con l’installazione espositiva, l’arte sito-specifica e la sua appartenenza alla più ampia tradizione dell’arte situata, il ruolo delle idee nell’arte concettuale e il carattere sovversivo della street art. Sfruttando l’efficacia esplicativa del concetto di medium artistico, nonché della individuazione di forme e generi d’arte, le analisi qui presentate indagano le ragioni per cui in queste pratiche artistiche sono centrali l’esperienza dello spazio, l’interazione fra opere e pubblico, i luoghi d’installazione delle opere e gli oggetti come portatori di significati.
Elisa Caldarola, “Improvisation and Installation Art”, forthcoming in “Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Improvisation in the Arts” (eds. A. Bertinetto and M. Ruta)
Abstract: This chapter illustrates through the analysis of some examples how philosophical research can illuminate the improvisational aspects of installation art. There is little philosophical research on improvisation in the visual arts. Similarly, there is little philosophical research on installation art – in section 2, I mention some key claims that have been put forward. Not surprisingly, then, philosophers have not yet focussed – at least to my knowledge – on improvisation in installation art. The issue, though, is timely. Not only some installation artists have explored improvisation in their practice, both solo and collaboratively (see section 3) but, as I shall argue, it can be claimed that some works of installation art represent or express improvisation (section 4), that some invite the public to engage in improvisation (section 5), and that curatorial teams responsible for the displays of certain installation artworks have the opportunity to introduce improvisational elements in their practice, if they so wish (section 6).
 For an introduction to improvisation in the arts see Bresnahan (2015). On improvisation in painting see Gilmour (2000), Sawyer (2000), Sansom (2001), Colaizzi (2007). On improvisation in cinema see Wexman (1980) and Sterrit (2000).
 On the aesthetic appreciation of installation art see Rebentisch (2012); on the ontology of installation art see Irvin (2013).
Philosophy of Art: New Directions Conference, University of Padova, 12 and 13 September 2019
We are pleased to announce that the Conference “Philosophy of Art: New Directions” will take place on September 12th and 13th 2019 at the FISPPA Department (Philosophy Division) of the University of Padova. It will be the mid-term conference of the research project “A Philosophy of Art Installation”, to be followed by the final conference “Space, Site, Installation. Philosophy, Art Theory and Art Practice” in March 2020.
Venue: Aula Diano, Palazzo Liviano, Piazza Capitaniato, 7, Padova
Chair: Elisa Caldarola (Padova)
9.00-10.00 Francisca Pérez Carreño (Murcia), Beyond Fiction: about The Role of Imagination in Literature
10.00-11.00 Kalle Puollakka (Helsinki), Trust in Literature
11.00-11.30 Coffee break
Chair: Matteo Ravasio (Beijing)
11.30-12.30 Alessandro Bertinetto (Torino), The Aesthetics of Photographic Improvisation. A Work in Progress
12.30-13.30 Nemesio García-Carril Puy (Granada), Ontological Challenges in Musical Authenticity and The Nested Types Solution
Chair: Lisa Giombini (Roma Tre)
15.00-16.00 Simona Chiodo (Milano, Politecnico), The Beautiful, The Sublime and The City
16.00-17.00 Xavier De Donato Rodriguez (Santiago de Compostela), Environmental Integralism: New Prospects for The Ontology, The Aesthetics and the Ethics of Architectural Works
17.00-17.30 Coffee break
Chair: Alessandro Bertinetto (Torino)
17.30-18.30 Lisa Giombini (Roma Tre), Objects and Symbols. How Should WeRespect Architectural Property?
18.30-19.30 Elisa Caldarola (Padova), Understanding Site-specific Art
20.30 Dinner, Ristorante “Alle Piazze”, Via Manin, 10, Padova
Chair: Gabriele Tomasi (Padova)
9.00-10.00 Michael Morris (Sussex), Art and Metaphysics
10.00-11.00 Jerrold Levinson (Maryland), Kafka’s “Underground Man”: Reflections on The Burrow
11.00-11.30 Coffee break
Chair: Marcello Ghilardi (Padova)
11.30-12.30 Laura Di Summa – Knoop (William Paterson, NJ), Fashion, Style, and Identity
12.30-13.30 Andrea Borghini (Milano), Cooking and Dining as Forms of Public Art
Chair: Laura Di Summa (William Paterson, NJ)
15.00-16.00 Davide Dal Sasso (Torino), Investigating Conceptualism in Philosophy of Art
16.00-17.00 Marcello Ghilardi (Padova), A Pathway among Different Cultures: an East-West Dialogue through Art and Aesthetics
17.00-18.00 Matteo Ravasio (Beijing), Artistic Genres across Cultures
Commentators: Simone Grigoletto, Francesca Marin, Vittorio Morato, Matteo Plebani, Barbara Santini, Giuseppe Spolaore
Organizers: Elisa Caldarola, Gabriele Tomasi