Richard Shusterman in Moderna Museet in Stockholm
13.06.2015 kl. 10.30 - 12.00
Philosophy as an Art of Living - On Camera
Exhorting philosophy as a way of life, Socrates eschewed the practice of philosophical writing as a corrupting distraction. But writing soon became philosophy’s privileged medium. To what extent can philosophy be reclaimed as an art of living, and in what ways can it take advantage of new media — not simply through the digital production of articles, books, and blogs but also through visual media of performance? Experimentation in performative visual media seems especially appropriate for the philosophical field of aesthetics, and particularly the new interdisciplinary field of somaesthetics that remains grounded in philosophy. In his presentation, Richard Shusterman will introduce some examples from his recent work in the medium of video as part of his continued efforts to develop somaesthetics and revive the idea of the philosophical life while expanding philosophy’s reach and public.
The videos take two very different forms: experimental performance art (in collaboration with the Parisian artist Yann Toma) and a three-part educational documentary concerning Shusterman’s philosophical work and its inspirational sources (directed by the Polish filmmaker Pawel Kuczynski). This video work has been exhibited in various art and academic venues in Europe, China, and North America, but not yet in Sweden.
Moderna Museet, Auditorium, Stockholm, Sweden