Aesthetics for Birds

Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art for Everyone

October 22, 2021
by utahphilosoraptor
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The Challenge Of Canceling: Comedy, Chappelle, And The Closer

If Chappelle’s art dines on controversy, cancellation serves it dessert. Continue reading

October 1, 2021
by Alex King
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The Performative Wokeness of Netflix’s The Chair

Netflix’s new comedy/drama gets some key things wrong about higher education, including its “sendup” of woke culture. Continue reading

October 25, 2017
by Alex King
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“To Open My Legs Is to Open My Mouth”: Sexuality and Art

In September this year, French-Luxembourgian performance artist Deborah De Robertis exposed her vagina in front of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre. A few days ago, she was acquitted of charges of sexual exhibitionism by Paris’s High Court. Why? Because (a) her intent was not sexual in nature, and (b) the “material element of the crime” was missing (= you couldn’t *see* her genitalia because pubic hair obscured it). (Yes, you may giggle now.)

April 19, 2017
by Alex King
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Is Alex Jones Really a Performance Artist? Who Cares.

Performance art has always inhabited an ambiguous space between everyday behavior and marked-off ‘art’ behavior. And now ultra-conservative Infowars’ Alex Jones says that his vitriolic on-air personality is performance art. He refers to a recent incident as “clearly tongue-in-cheek and basically art performance, as I do in my rants, which I admit I do, as a form of art.” Now everyone is talking about whether or not he’s a performance artist.

November 9, 2016
by Rebecca Millsop
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ASA Funds Logos Dance Collective

The American Society for Aesthetics is pleased to announce that it has awarded $5136 in support of Post-Performance Philosophy Panels after programs of the Logos Dance Collective in New York City in March 2017. This project, organized by Professor Barbara Montero of the CUNY-Graduate Center, aims to engage academics, artists, and the general public with great questions of philosophy. The panels will draw from work by Proust, Aristotle, Tolstoy, Plato, Nietzsche, Kant, and others. As more information becomes available concerning the schedule and participating philosophers, it will be posted on the ASA web site and Facebook. For the complete list of grants awarded by ASA in 2011-2016: http://aesthetics-online.org/resource/resmgr/files/grantsprizes/Grants_awarded.pdf For the original posting: http://aesthetics-online.org/news/316351/ASA-funds-Logos-Dance-Collective.htm