Art + Philosophy Reading Group

Join us during the exhibition The Poetics of Space to read, discuss and elaborate on salient themes from the exhibition. At each meeting, we will explore one of the exhibition's over-arching themes through a selected reading. We have also included a number of supplementary readings for your interest. 

May 10 // The Fracturing of Form
Discussion Reading:  Maurice Merleau-Ponty, World of Perception, Chapter Two (p.47)
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Supplementary Readings:
Michael Benedikt, On Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space Now, in Introduction to “Nests,” “Shells,” and “Intimate Immensity” 
A reflection on Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space from a 21st century context, when our engagement with the physicality of our surroundings has shifted. 
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Andre Sauchelli, On Architecture as a Spatial Art 
An article addressing the artistic value of architecture in terms of space and other elements
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Martin Heidegger, Building Dwelling Thinking 
Heidegger’s look at the nature and relationships between ‘building’ and ‘dwelling’ through the use of language.
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Lisa Robertson, Thinking Space 
An essay on Johannes Kepler, Aby Warburg, Thomas Carlyle and the elipse, woven through rooms and literature.
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Gordon Graham, “Architecture as an Art” in Philosophy of the Arts: An Introduction to Aesthetics 
A look at the peculiarities of architecture as an art in relation to aesthetics and function. 
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May 24 // The Psychic Weight of the Domestic
Discussion Reading:   Roland Barthes, “The Nautilus and the Drunken Boat” in Mythologies (p. 65)
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Supplementary Readings:
Damon Young, The Philosophers Dogbox
Platonic and Aristotelian virtues considered in light of today’s real estate precarity.
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New Philosopher, Is Less More? 
A comparison of simplicity and ornamentation with a look into the Ludwig Wittgenstein house in Vienna.
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Kirsten Jacobsen, A developed nature: a phenomenological account of the experience of home
The author describes “being-at-home” as central to Merleau-Ponty’s thinking, and reveals an analysis of home that touches on our freedom and psychological insights. 
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June 7 // Mapping Space
Discussion Reading:   Anna Guillo, Border Art and Borders of Art: an Extradisciplinary Approach 
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Supplementary Readings: 
Denis Wood, Map Art
“The map is dead! Long live the map!” This article explores the critical nature of artists working with maps as they reclaim mapping through creative acts. 
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Gordon Graham, “Imagination and Experience” in Philosophy of the Arts: An Introduction to Aesthetics, p.62 
A discussion of reality and imagination through aesthetic comparison of maps and photographs.
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Lila Azam Zanganeh, “A Map of Six Impossible Things” in Where You Are: A Book of Maps that Will Leave You Completely Lost 
A creative work of mapping of impossible cities, creatures, futures, gardens… Explore the whole collection!
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Barry Empson and Tim Mehigan, Shaping Space: Notes on the Problem of Space in Art and Philosophy
Social, scientific, and cartographic concerns are addressed through this essay on Kant and conceptualizing space.
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Laurene Vaughan, A Contemplative Atlas of Transition
This article brings to the fore questions of mapping in terms of affectivity, motion, space, and subjectivity of place as explored through Vaughan’s digital vernacular cartography.

Further Reading on Art, Space, and Philosophy
David Ciavatta, Hegel and the Phenomenology of Art
Phenomenology, an exercise which breaks our regular fascination in the world to explore the relationality and situatedness of our experience, is explored through artwork.
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The Museum Space
Tony Bennett, The Exhibitionary Complex
Foucault’s movement of knowledge and power is applied to artworks and artifacts as they have been enclosed and transitioned through public and private collections.   
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Carol Duncan, “The Art Museum as Ritual” in Civilizing Rituals
Duncan explores art museums as sites containing symbols of belief, and explores the way museum have appropriated architecture and practice from religious and monumental realms. 
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Gaby Porter, Seeing through Solidity: a feminist perspective on museums
Porter looks beyond the artifacts of museums into the relations that make up the exhibitionary organization and experience.
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