*Conference and Art Show:
Pragmatist Aesthetics: 20 years later,
The Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne *
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The Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne will be holding a one-day
conference, on May 25th, 2012, to mark the twentieth anniversary of
the publication of Richard Shusterman's *Pragmatist Aesthetics: Living*
*Beauty, Rethinking Art* (Oxford: Blackwell, 1992), simultaneously
published as *L'art à l'état vif: la pensée pragmatiste et l'esthétique*
*populaire* by Minuit in Paris. The title of the conference is:
"Pragmatist Aesthetics: 20 years later" / "L'art à l'état vif: 20 ans
To accompany the conference and trace the impact of Shusterman's work
not only in aesthetics, philosophy, and the human sciences but also in
contemporary art, the Sorbonne will also be organizing an art show.
The exhibition, from May 24th through June 6th, 2012 at the Michel
Journiac Gallery in Paris, is entitled "AESTHETIC TRANSACTIONS: Art et
philosophie à l'état vif" or in English "AESTHETIC TRANSACTIONS:
Pragmatist Philosophy through Art and Life." It is curated by Richard
Shusterman and includes seven artists with whom he has worked: Luca
Del Baldo (Italy); Carsten Höller (Sweden); ORLAN (France); Pan,
Gongkai (China); Thecla Schiphorst (Canada); France); Yann Toma (France);
and Tatiana Trouvé (France).
The Michel Journiac Gallery is located at 47, rue des Bergers, 75015
Paris; Métro: Lourmel or Charles Michels; www.galeriemicheljourniac.sup.fr.
Barbara Formis and David Zerbib are providing organizational and
curatorial assistance in Paris.
The conference will be held at the Amphitheatre of the Sorbonne's
adjacent Centre Saint Charles, 47-53, rue des Bergers, 75015 Paris.
The entire project is led by Richard Conte (professor of art and
director of the UMR ACTE, U.F.R. 04, Arts Plastiques et Sciences de
l'Art, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) and by Barbara Formis
(Maître de Conférences en Esthétique et Philosophie de l'Art, U.F.R.
04, Arts Plastiques et Sciences de l'Art, Université Paris 1
Conference speakers will include the exhibited artists (in a panel
discussion) and philosophers such as Jean-Pierre Cometti (France) Peng
Feng (China), Mathias Girel, (France), Roberto Frega, Giovanni
Matteucci, and Salvatore Tedesco (Italy), Sandra Laugier (France), as
well as scholars of aesthetics, literature, and the social sciences
such as Wojciech Malecki (Poland), Spyros Franguiadakis (France),
Chantal Pontbriand (Britain), and Jacinto Lageira (France). The
project leaders from the Sorbonne - Barbara Formis and Richard Conte -
will give opening talks and Richard Shusterman will provide a
This twofold project is organized by the Université Paris 1, Panthéon-
Sorbonne, Faculty of Arts Plastiques et Sciences de l'Art (UMR ACTE,
Arts - Créations - Théories - Esthétiques). French institutional
partners in the project include the Université Paris 1, Panthéon-
Sorbonne, Faculty of Philosophy (Equipe de recherche Philosophies
Contemporaines) and the Ecole Normale Supérieure d'Ulm: Centre
International de Recherches en Philosophie, Lettres, Savoirs. The
project is also supported by other international partners: Peking
University's Center for Aesthetics and Aesthetic Education; China's
Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing); and Florida Atlantic
University's Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.
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