Image: The Body is a Big Place (new media installation and pig hearts performance) 5-channel video projection, heart perfusion device, single video screen, soundscape. Performance Space, Sydney, Nov 2011, ©Peta Clancy and Helen Pynor.
Aesthetics and Ethics: Can art be judged as Good or Bad? Dr Laura D’Olimpio is a lecturer in Philosophy and Ethics at The University of Notre Dame Australia. Ultimately, when examining the aestheticist/ethicist debate in philosophical aesthetics, there are two questions of relevance. The first is whether or not an artwork can be evaluated morally, and the second is whether or not a moral evaluation affects the work’s overall aesthetic value. The aesthete maintains that even if there is a moral value of an artwork, this will not (or should not) affect the artwork’s overall value which should be based solely upon its aesthetic value. However, as social creatures who produce and receive art in a context; social, moral and political meaning is imbued and interpreted as a matter of necessity in order to understand and appreciate the work. In this talk I will critically engage with the question as to whether art can be judged as morally good or bad, and if such an evaluation has any impact upon the artwork’s overall or aesthetic value.
Image: Simon Gilby Pneuma (suspended work) Charter Hall building, Perth. 10 x 6 x 6m 2013.

Simon Gilby is one of Western Australia’s leading sculptors. He will illustrate the initial concept and design development process of this public artwork, from initial experiments with molten metal, through computer generated facsimiles to the construction of the final work. ‘Pneuma aspires to describe the invisible forces of gravity and time, the forces that lend form to the organic and inorganic entities that surround us’. (attribution plaque)


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