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Questioning Aesthetics Symposium

In conjunction with the launching of the second, fully revised and expanded six volume edition of the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (July 2014), the Arts Research Center will co-host a full day symposium on Friday, March 13, 2015, looking at aesthetics as both the subject and object of critique, and as a way to explore and expand new forms of aesthetics research in many disciplines. This symposium is free and open to the public.

Topics and speakers will include the following:

9:30am: Introductions
Arts and Humanities Dean Anthony Cascardi and Encyclopedia of Aesthetics Editor Michael Kelly

10am-12pm: When Is Art Participatory?
Shannon Jackson (UC Berkeley), Moderator
Grant Kester (UC San Diego)
Dee Hibbert-Jones (UC Santa Cruz)
Ted Purves (California College of Art)
Susanne Cockrell (California College of Arts)
Jen Delos Reyes (Artist, Educator and community arts organizer)

12-1pm: Lunch

1-2:45pm: When is Computing Aesthetic?
Greg Niemeyer (UC Berkeley), Moderator
Edward Shanken (U Washington)
Sharon Daniel (UC Santa Cruz)
Eric Paulos (UC Berkeley)

3-5pm: When Is Art Contemporary?
Julia Bryan-Wilson (UC Berkeley), Moderator
Richard Meyer (Stanford)
Jeffrey Skoller (UC Berkeley)
SanSan Kwan (UC Berkeley)

5pm-5:30pm: Symposium Wrap-Up
Led by Michael Kelly

Questioning Aesthetics Symposium