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Centre for Philosophy and Visual Art

The Centre for Philosophy and Visual Arts is a major multi-disciplinary initiative based at King’s College London.  Its aim is to bring together academics, artists, curators and gallerists to explore the connections between philosophy, theory and the visual arts. The core research questions in which the Centre is interested are:

  • How can philosophy contribute to the study of artistic practice, training, and theory in the contemporary visual arts? How should we conceptualise the role, limitations, and capacities of the visual?
  • How might philosophy critique or theorise specific methods and techniques within the contemporary visual arts?
  • What philosophical frameworks are currently dominant on the contemporary arts scene and how are these used to licence, support or theorise particular pieces of work or particular practices?
  • How have particular philosophers influenced recent and contemporary work in the arts and in arts theory?
  • How should we understand the relationship between philosophical texts and artworks which share a common theme or topic?
  • To what degree can a focus on the concrete reality and sociology of contemporary artistic practice in the West act as a corrective to traditional aesthetic theories?

Above all, the Centre is committed to developing ongoing collaborations between artists and philosophers, and to exploring the way in which the format of such collaborations alters or deepens the interplay between the two approaches.

For upcoming workshops, gallery talks, exhibitions and more, please follow us on twitter @PhilosophyArts or visit our website.

The Centre for Philosophy and Visual Arts is partners with Tate, The Photographers Gallery, Flat Time House and Institute of Psychoanalysis

Meet the Centre Director: One minute with... Sacha Golob


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Mailing address:

Centre for Philosophy and Visual Arts
Arts & Humanities Research Institute
K1.18, King’s Building