Welcome to the Centre for Philosophy and Visual Arts

The Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts is a major multi-disciplinary initiative based at King’s College London.  Its aim is to bring together academics, artists, curators and gallerists to explore the connections between philosophy, theory and the visual arts.

Above all, the Centre 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.

On this website you will find a selection of our activities.

Residency Open Call

King’s College London’s Centre for Philosophy and Visual Art (CPVA), in partnership with Kunsthuis SYB (the Netherlands), is inviting artists to apply for their first ever joint residency programme. This two-stage residency is an exciting opportunity for artists with an existing interest or curiosity in philosophy to be included in university life and develop their research, after which they will be awarded time in Kunsthuis SYB to develop (a) new piece(s) of work.

Applicants working in any discipline or media are invited write a proposal in response to a topic discussed one of two lecture series (see options below; one artist per lecture series will be selected). The resulting works (finished or in progress) will be shown at presentations at the end of the artists’ stay at Kunsthuis SYB, and later in the year at a presentation at King’s College London.

Applications are now closed for this round of residencies. Please click here for the current open call (deadline 3-11-2017).

On Dedication

odsmallOn Dedication is a group exhibition that aims to develop a contemporary understanding of the idea of dedication through five original collaborations between artists and respondents from backgrounds in theology, philosophy, and the arts.

The exhibition consists of five pieces of work that each present  a unique and individual interpretation of the guiding theme. The exhibition is accompanied by a five-part publication commissioned especially for On Dedication, in which the respondents each respond to one of the artworks from their particular points of view.

Participating artists were Ben Van den Berghe and Edi Danartono, Harald den Breejen, Kathleen McKay, Jeremy Millar, and Joseph Noonan-Ganley. Respondents were respectively Koen Sels, Christopher Hamilton, Sacha Golob, Marcel Barnard, and Ciara Finnegan.

Continue reading “On Dedication”

What is the value of art?

In this roundtable discussion, philosophers, artists, market professionals and conservators discuss the value significance of art – from its public role to its meaning to its price. Full registration of the discussion can be viewed here.

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This roundtable discussion in was realised in collaboaration with MTArt/Meltweek.

Participants:

  • Chair: Sacha Golob (CPVA)
  • Anthony Bennett (The Churches Conservation Trust)
  • Tommaso Calabro (Nahmad Projects)
  • Anna Fafaliou (Marine Tanguy Art)
Christopher Hamilton (King’s College London)

Salon: Kasia Molga and Sacha Golob in Collaboration with TCCE

In this salon, CPVA director Sacha Golob meets Kasia Molga. Molga is a fusion artist working mixing media art, interaction design, environmental science and creative coding & technology to working on the intersection of art, science, design and technology. She examines human perception and relationship with the planet/nature/environment in the increasingly technologically mediated world in a context of environmental changes and unforeseen futures. She does so by exploring various aspects of transmitting and manifesting real time environmental and biological data.

Kasia Molga and Philosopher Dr Sacha Golob discussed the Digital, the Immersive and the Environmental. You can hear the PODCAST, as well as see more photos, here.

 

Salon: Alinah Azadeh and Sacha Golob in Collaboration with TCCE

Alinah Azadeh is a UK artist working across multiple different media. Whether a small sculpture or a dialogue with a stranger on the street – her works are rooted in the disclosure of intimate poetic and personal narratives, which act as a bridge into the work for others to take. At this salon, Alinah discuss with Philosopher Sacha Golob how, through acts of gift, ritual and playful exchange, her works create dialogue around the nature of loss, longing and our social and cultural identities.

A full registration of this salon event was recorded, and can be accessed here.