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Aesthetics and Philosophy Seminar Series led by Jonathan Miles

2 December 2019 | 5.30pm – 8pm

Kensington, Lecture Theatre 1


'What history gives us is the possibility of being untimely, of placing ourselves outside constraints, the limitations and blinkers of the present. This is precisely what it means to write for a future that the present cannot recognise: to develop, to cultivate the untimely, the out-of-place and the out-of-step. This access to the out-of-step can come only from the past and in a certain uncomfortableness, a dis-ease, in the present. The task is to make elements of this past live again, to be re-energised through their untimely or anachronistic recall in the present.'
– Elizabeth Grosz

With the unfolding dialectic of matter and form, what is the role of improvisation, experiment, invention and chance? The quest for the production of the new is the quest to break with habit but also a way of opening the inside to the outside. The restlessness of the inside is thus connected with experiments of the outside in order to discover new expressive surfaces that find designation of form manifesting impulse.


Mary Anne Caws, The Surrealist Look (London: MIT Press, 1999)
Nicholas Bourriard, Relational Aesthetics (Paris: Les Presses du Reel, 2002)
Ed. Margaret Iversen, Chance (London: Whitechapel Gallery, 2010)