On the Origins of Art

20 October 2017

12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Macquarie University Art Gallery, Building E11A, Macquarie University

Research Enrichment Program workshop running on Friday 20 October. 12-noon – 4:30pm in the Macquarie University Art Gallery.

Engagement with and appreciation of art could be described as defining of all human cultures. Why? Can we ask or answer the question of where human art came from and why we are an artistic species?

Elizabeth Pearce (Research Curator and Senior Writer) and Jane Clark (Senior Research Curator) recently worked on an exhibition at the Museum of Old and New Art MONA) in Hobart exploring these themes. Their exhibition and thinking draw on contributions from philosophy, neuroscience and psychology to explore these issues.

Based on this exhibition, and chaired by Emeritus Professor John Simons, this transdisciplinary workshop will explore where human artistic endeavour might have come from.

This workshop will involve presentations and a panel discussion. Participants (and topics) include:

John Simons (Chair);

Elizabeth Pearce ‘On the Origin of Art’

Rob Brooks ‘Sexual conflict in art’

Paul Mason ‘The Total Art Work’

Branka Spehar ‘The Pleasure of Seeing’

Frederick Hardtke ‘Giving Context to Prehistoric Art’

Jane Clark ‘So much we still don’t know’

More details click here for the program.

When: Friday, October 20, 2017
Where: Macquarie University Art Gallery, Building E11A, Macquarie University, NSW 2109
Time: 12.00 pm – 4.30 pm
RSVP: To register please use this link. https://hdrworkshops.mq.edu.au/registration/new/14071?year=2017

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Event contact

Wade Tozer

(02) 9850 8194