December 10, 2018

Miloš Ćipranić Painter and the Pledge of Silence

Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, 4th floor at 12h

The aim of the lecture is to reflect on the question whether painting can be considered a form of social engagement. Jean-Paul Sartre, Emmanuel Levinas and Maurice Merleau-Ponty provided the reasons for the negative or at least skeptical response. However, the essential fact that paintings are mute does not prevent them to potentially obligate their observers. The taciturnity of the painter is not a negative act. Counterexamples which challenge the position held by the generation of French phenomenologists will be found in Spanish and Yugoslav tradition of visual arts, primarily in the works of Francisco Goya and Đorđe Andrejević Kun.

Miloš Ćipranić is a member of the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade. The main field of his investigation is the theory of spatial arts.

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