HfG Offenbach, 16 February 2018, 14:30-16:30
Aesthetization – How a swearword turned positive
Location: Hochschule für Gestaltung, Room D 401, Schloßstraße 31, 63065 Offenbach am Main, Germany
Whenever aesthetization was mentioned, there was no doubt about the negative direction of an aesthetic judgement. In the past decade, this connotation seems to have changed. In opposition to the inherent warning that aesthetics might be politicized or economized, as Benjamin and Adorno/Horkheimer suggested, aesthetization has now gained a rather positive meaning: philosopher Christoph Menke mentions the power of „becoming aesthetic“ , sociologists Lutz Hieber/Stephan Möbius value aesthetization as a „creative engine for the social“. How could the critical potential of the terms negativity be restored today – without returning to sweeping judgements of the past? The lecture will explore this question with a closer view on design`s role in contemporary art.
Lecture on the occassion of the X. Congress of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ästhetik, panel with contributions of Dustin Breitenwischer, Martin Stefanov and Christina Kast, chair: Maria Muhle, in German
Image: Christopher Kulendran Thomas, New Eelam, Installationsansicht Berlin Biennal 2016