DISCUSSION | Alenka Zupančič: Objective Humour; Robert Pfaller: The Laughing, the Loving, and the Low Thing; chair: Gregor Moder

Concept/s: Hegel’s Aesthetics

11 to 14 January 2018

Museum of Modern Art, MG+, Cankarjeva 15, Ljubljana


Hosted by: Aufhebung – International Hegelian Association

Partners: MG+MSUM and University of Ljubljana

Invitation and programme [PDF]


Organizing committee: Mirt Komel, Bara Kolenc, Martin Hergouth, Ana Jovanović, Goran Vranešević


Advisory board: Mladen Dolar (University of Ljubljana), Andrew Cole (Princeton University), Robert Pfaller (University of Art and Design Linz), Gregor Moder (Aufhebung), Sami Khatib (American University of Beirut), Zdenka Badovinac (MG+MSUM), Simon Kardum (Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture), Mara Ambrožič (John Moores University of Liverpool)


The Concept/s conference is conceptually affiliated with the symposium What’s in a name? organised by Maska, Institute for Publishing, Artistic Production and Education, an accompanying event for the exhibition Janez Janša (curated by Domenico Quaranta and co-produced by MG+MSUM and Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art), to be held the 10 January 2018 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova.



Hegel’s lectures on Aesthetics–perhaps the least explored work by the author of the Phenomenology of Spirit–is part of the vivid German tradition stretching from Lessing, Kant, Schiller, Goethe, to Nietzsche, Heidegger, Adorno, and others. Hegel’s philosophy of art encompasses a wide range of topics, from ancient architecture to modern theatre, from religious paintings to secular literature. However, the most interesting interventions by Hegel are not only those that were influenced or that themselves influenced the distinctive philosophical discipline of aesthetics, but also those that provided us with a very precise conceptual apparatus for our own contemporary debates on art. One prominent example is Hegel’s thesis that art became more and more philosophical in the course of its history according to the logical development of the idea(l) of beauty; a thesis that was the springboard for speculations about the end of art and that anticipated different debates regarding the status of conceptual artworks. All these themes are significant not only for contemporary art theories, but can, even more importantly, redefine the status of philosophy as such.




Thursday, 11 January 2018

6 p.m. | EXHIBITION | Atej Tutta, Bara Kolenc, Mirt Komel: Hegel’s Begriff | Auditorium MG+


7 p.m. | LECTURE | Rebecca Comay: Dramaturgy of the Dialectic; chair: Mirt Komel


Friday, 12 January 2018

10 a.m. | REGISTRATION | Coffee


11 a.m. | LECTURE | Mladen Dolar: The Endgame of Aesthetics: From Hegel to Beckett; chair: Bara Kolenc


2 p.m. | PANEL 1 | (Post-)conceptual Art | Marko Jenko: A Hypothesis on Conceptual Art; Armin Schneider: The Original Word: (Dis)Appearing; Mara Ambrožič: Controversial Sustainability: Reflections on Post-conceptual Art, Engagement and Cultural Ecology; chair: Ana Jovanović


4 p.m. | PANEL 2 | Art and Freedom | Anna Longo: Freedom, Reason, and Art: Fichte vs. Hegel; Stefan Hölscher: Hegel on Painting: Subjects Hiding behind Surfaces; Rok Benčin: Beggars of the Ideal: Ranciere’s Hegel; chair: Martin Hergouth


7 p.m. | DISCUSSION | End of History, End of Art | Keti Chukrov: From the Truth of Art to its Infinite End; Sami Khatib: Aesthetics as Sensuous Supra-Sensuous Science: Hegel-Marx-Benjamin; chair: Peter Klepec


Saturday, 13 January 2018

11a.m. | LECTURE | Andrew Cole: The Philosophy of the Figure; chair: Gregor Moder


2 p.m. | PANEL 3 | Art and Literature | Eva Ruda: The End of Art in the Novel; Libera Pisano: The Revolutionary Power of Poetry; Mirt Komel: Lacan Masthead Knot Touch ad Joyce; chair: Ana Jovanović


4 p.m. | PANEL 4 | The Art of Comedy | Rachel Aumiller: Comic Abortions; Alfie Bown: Hegel the Comedian; Austin Gross: Vanishing Parabasis: Hegel’s Revised Account of Comedy; chair: Ana Jovanović


7 p.m. | DISCUSSION | Alenka Zupančič: Objective Humour; Robert Pfaller: The Laughing, the Loving, and the Low Thing; chair: Gregor Moder


Sunday, 14 January 2018

2 p.m. | PANEL 5 | Art and Beauty | Florian Endres: Art and Second Nature; Martin Hergouth: Hegel, Beauty, and the Beast; Jošt Bartol: Sex, Art and Hegel: Searching for Ideal Beauty in Sexual Acts; chair: Mirt Komel


4 p.m. | PANEL 6 | Art and Society | Samo Tomšič: The Work of Art; Ben Hjorth: Das Handelnde Geist: (What) Does Aufheben Perform?; Matt Ossias: Art Without Death or the Death of Art?; chair: Bara Kolenc


7 p.m. | LECTURE | Frank Ruda: The Tact of the Absolute; chair: Goran Vraneševič