Art, philosophy and change: towards a critical literature review presented by Professor Clive Cazeaux

Date And Time

Thu, 21 November 2019
16:00 – 17:30 GMT


Cardiff Metropolitan University
School of Art & Design, HeartSpace, 1st Floor
Llandaff Campus

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‘The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.’ So runs one of the most famous quotations from Karl Marx, from his ‘Theses on Feuerbach’, published posthumously in 1888. The relationship between art, philosophy and politics in the history of ideas is complex: from Plato, through nineteenth-century concepts of dialectic and drive, to critical theory and socially-engaged practice. Suppose you were an artist-philosopher wanting to direct your practice towards a change in society. What kind of practice would you adopt? What kind of change would you make? How would you evaluate the change? This presentation looks at how one might begin to create a critical literature and visual review of the territory.

Image credit: NL Architects, Moving Forest, 2008. Part of the Urban Play event in Amsterdam, Netherlands. 100 trees, 100 supermarket trolleys.

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