The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present a new music session where artist Bill Harris will host an experimental electronic dance night as part of our First Thursday series. Through this new series of late openings, the gallery becomes a space for hosting unexpected, experimental practices across multiple artforms from live music and expanded cinema […]
Art & Ethics
Thomas Davis Theatre, The Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin
For this seminar on art and ethics, artist Eoghan McIntyre has invited contributions from Dr Ben Bramble (Trinity College Dublin) and artist Isadora Epstein. The event will be chaired by curator Benjamin Stafford.
In 2011, the artist John Timberlake wrote, “the radical quality of art is that it has no use in a culture dominated by profit, loss and use value.” This familiar claim for art’s autonomy is often a site of conflict when it encounters ethical and moral norms. Should works of art conform to what is morally acceptable or does its status as art make it separate from moral transgression?
This seminar will examine various meeting points between ethics and aesthetics, allowing for responses to such questions as ‘What are the ethical responsibilities of a work of art?’, ‘If a work of art is morally suspect should it be censored or destroyed?’ and ‘Can art be morally edifying?’
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