The Douglas Hyde is very pleased to announce an In Conversation event where critic and curator, Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith will talk to Uri Aran about his practice and his exhibition Take This Dog for Example. The talk will take place on Saturday, 1 April at 2 pm at the Robert Emmet Lecture Theatre, Arts Block, […]
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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