Around 1800/2000 - Aesthetics at the Treshhold

25 – 29 March 2019        Send to printer

Course directors

Snježana Prijić Samaržija, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Petar Bojanić, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Joerg Gleiter, Technical University Berlin, Germany
Alessandro Armando, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Course description:

The 2019 summer school Around 1800/2000 – Aesthetics at the Threshold addresses the changing concepts of aesthetics of architecture. With Aesthetica, published in 1750, Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten founded aesthetics as a philosophical discipline. Focusing mainly on the arts, aesthetics established a new field of knowledge characterized by dialectics between sense and sensibility, perception and artifacts. With the concept of sensory experience and sensory knowledge, aesthetics overcame older philosophical concepts that were purely based on reason.

As a mainly material, functional, and constructive cultural technique concerned with everyday practice, architecture didn’t fit the concept of aesthetics that was seen for a long time as being epitomized by the arts, such as painting, literature, sculpture, dance, and music. However, in the wake of the French revolution, the Napoleonic wars, and the advancements of the sciences, the cultural force field around 1800 started to change to a degree that architecture slowly moved from a peripheral position toward the center of aesthetic discourse.

Yet, around the year 2000, with the advent of digital technologies, the beginning of the Anthropocene, the build environment and more particularly architecture found itself in the center of the search for viable concepts for the future. Themes concerning locality, ethnic diversity, gender, posthumanity, sustainability, and media became essential parts of aesthetics.

Methodologically, the comparison of the time around 1800 and around 2000 will help to ground the discourse as well as sharpen the senses for the things changed and unchanged, for the continuities and discontinuities, for the stable and shifting concepts of aesthetics. What are the challenging tasks of aesthetics in regard to architecture? What is architecture’s role in rethinking aesthetics today? Does “modernity” in its true humanist and aesthetic conception still lie ahead of us?

ECTS points are available for MA and PhD students. The requirements for ECTS credits are (i) participation in at least 80% of all lectures, (ii) presentation of a previously prepared original paper on the topic of the course or discussion papers on the papers provided by lecturers. The organizers will prepare the official IUC certificate, which will include a detailed overview of the students’ obligations (sufficient for 3 ECTS). Whether ECTS will be recognized as parts of their academic programs or as additional achievements in diploma supplements depends solely on the institutions that the students come from.

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Course lecturers

Petar Bojanić, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Nikola Petković, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Joerg Gleiter, Technical University Berlin, Germany
Dietrich Neumann, Brown University, United States
Paul Guyer, Brown University, United States
Christine Blättler, University of Kiel, Germany
Alessandro Armando, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

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