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The allure of the aesthetic - and how not to draw conclusions

13 October 2022 19.30 - 20.45
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Frankopan Hall and online

Is beauty in an object, or in a concept? Materials have the ability to seduce or distract us from the truth, and beautiful things often mask ugly realities.

In this talk, Murray will share examples from her own practice of interdisciplinary interactions to explore the meanings and roles we ascribe beauty and aesthetics in art, literature and science.

If we concentrate on the presentation, we might miss the realities of material production (limited resources and waste products), of context (slave labour and inequality), and of politics (maintaining and reinforcing power or control). In the absence of absolute values, truth and beauty of concept become apt solutions to arbitrary sets of rules which we have ourselves constructed.

The talk will be followed by a hands-on workshop exploring the question 'What is drawing?' 

We will use experimental drawing techniques to explore questions of perception, cognition, value, intent.

Drawing is a wide-open territory and we get to decide the rules.

In-person and online registration available below or visit our Eventbrite page.