Embodied Fantasies

On October 28th to 30th at the SVA, Embodied Fantasies.

Papers include:

  • Horst Bredekamp, “The Vector Under the Line: Drawings by Galileo, Campanella, Merian”
  • Sabine Flach, “Negotiations and Metamorphosis: Visualizing Carsten Höller’s SOMA and Matthew Barney’s Cremaster
  • Gabriele Brandstetter, “Fantasies of the Catastrophe: Embodiment and Kinaesthetic Awareness in the Performance-installation of Naoko Tanaka’s ‘Die Scheinwerferin’ (2011)”
  • Shelley Rice, “The Grass is Always Greener: Self-Portraiture in the Age of Facebook”
  • Thyrza Goodeve, “Philosophy as a Crowbar: Ontology in the Work of Matthew Barney, from Cyborg Surrealism to Überrealism”
  • McKenzie Wark, “A Minimum of Serious Seduction: The Situationist International as Embodied Fantasies”
Embodied Fantasies, a concept central to art history, theory and practice is concurrently a topic debated in the fields of the neuro-and-cognitive sciences, philosophy and phenomenology. This theme will be addressed in a transdisciplinary conference hosting scholars and artists from the fields of architecture, art history, visual art, history of science and psychology among others. Discussions will focus on concepts of embodiment as they relate to sexuality, aesthetics, epistemology, perception and fantasy itself. Approaches to the role of fantasies will be viewed beyond traditional conceptions to include complex thinking processes, subjectivity, and the inter-subjective. Prominent attention will be paid to fantasies and images as a form of knowledge production.