Painting as Thinking: The Case of the Pensive Image
Considered 'sister arts' in the early modern period, by the end of the 19th century painting and philosophy had grown into separate disciplines. In an attempt to re-uniting philosophy and art, this lecture will present a new category of pensive images that through their form and materiality present a mode of thinking. Different from enigmatic and awe-inspiring works such as Velazques' Las Meninas or Giorgione's The Tempest that have continued to occupy a central place in art historical debates, pensive images are quiet, shy even, and invite us to a more intimate happening. Pensive images allow us to see that we, as scholars normally set out to grasp an image without reflecting on how we are grasped by it. This lecture focuses on some 17th century Dutch paintings that have raised everydayness to the level of the monumental, raising concerns that often lie beside themselves-in the realm of philosophy. Within the larger scope of this project, I am interested what painting, as a thing in the world, is doing something to us by touching and affecting us, thereby triggering our thoughts. This lecture overturns the prevalent notion that modernist art is particularly self-reflexive by arguing that early modern art is as theoretically sophisticated, and capable of leading away from interpretation towards the realm of the encounter, the unthought.
Zeit & Ort
23.05.2019 | 18:00 c.t.
Koserstr. 20, 14195 Berlin, Hörsaal B