Saturday 29th November, 10.30 AM to 12.00 PM
Cost: Waged $12, Concessions $7
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Art, Alain Badiou contends, is one of the fundamental conditions animating philosophy. This does not mean that art is somehow subordinate to philosophy; if anything, the relationship is the other way around. Art ‘thinks’ for itself, inasmuch as it produces truths, and the ‘job’ of philosophy is precisely that of grasping these and other truths and ‘re-thinking’ them in such a way that they can be brought together in a single system. This talk will address several of the key ideas underlying Alain Badiou’s philosophical and practical engagement with art, as well as its role in his own philosophical development.
Chair Alex Ling
10:35 to 11:25 Alain Badiou on Art and
11:25 to 11:35 Response by Justin
11:35 to 12:00 Question and Answer
Alain Badiou taught at the University of Paris VIII (Vincennes-Saint Denis), and was Chair of Philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure. He is the author of over 20 books of philosophy, in addition to several novels, plays, and political essays. His major works include Handbook of Inaesthetics (1998), Theory of the Subject (1982), Being and Event (1988) and Being and Event II: Logics of Worlds (2005). Being and Event III: The Immanence of Truths is forthcoming.
Justin Clemens is Associate Professor in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. He has published extensively on contemporary Australian art and literature, contemporary European philosophy, and psychoanalysis. His recent books include Lacan Deleuze Badiou (2014), with A.J. Bartlett and Jon Roffe; Psychoanalysis is an Antiphilosophy (2013); and Minimal Domination (2011).