The Centre for Philosophy and Visual Art is concerned with the following research questions:
- How can philosophy contribute to the study of artistic practice, training, and theory in the contemporary visual arts? How should we conceptualise the role, limitations, and capacities of the visual?
- How might philosophy critique or theorise specific methods and techniques within the contemporary visual arts?
- What philosophical frameworks are currently dominant on the contemporary arts scene and how are these used to licence, support or theorise particular pieces of work or particular practices?
- How have particular philosophers influenced recent and contemporary work in the arts and in arts theory?
- How should we understand the relationship between philosophical texts and artworks which share a common theme or topic?
- To what degree can a focus on the concrete reality and sociology of contemporary artistic practice in the West act as a corrective to traditional aesthetic theories?
Above all, CPVA is committed to developing ongoing collaborations between artists and philosophers, and to exploring the way in which the format of such collaborations alters or deepens the interplay between the two approaches.