LifeArt – Can life itself be art?
The stylization of life is currently a common trend—from stem cell research to cosmetic surgery, and from life-coaches to the politics of everyday life. In this lecture, Mr. Brand addresses the construction of life situations and experiences as a new medium for art. He approaches this subject through artists such as Tino Sehgal, Marina Abramović and others who abandon the usual and traditional art objects and attempt to shape life through direct encounters in which the encounter and life itself constitutes the art.
Dr. Roy Brand is a Lecturer of Philosophy at the Graduate School of Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, and the Director and Chief Curator of Yaffo 23 – a center for contemporary art and culture in Jerusalem. He is the editor and translator of Philosophy in a Time of Terror: Dialogues with Habermas and Derrida, and editor and consultant curator of Bare Life: Contemporary Art Reflecting on the State of Emergency. His book LoveKnowledge: The Life of Philosophy from Socrates to Derrida, was published in 2012 by Columbia University Press; and he currently works on LifeArt: on the Stylization of Life in Culture and Art.
Recorded April 18, 2013 in Magasin 3, Stockholm