Art, play and image – the ramifications of Walter Benjamin’s thought

Nélio Conceição

Post-Doctoral Project sponsered by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) - SFRH/BPD/95752/2013

Focusing on Walter Benjamin’s thought and articulating it with central questions in aesthetics and art studies, the project deepens the relations between art, play and image. Observing the conditions of human experience in modernity, Benjamin’s thoughtgains form through several texts concerning painting, photography, cinema and literature. In these texts, he often evaluates the aesthetic and epistemological consequences brought by the historical, social and technological transformations. For instance, as stated in the second version of the “Work of art…” essay, photography and cinema are said to encompass transfigurations in art obliging us to rethink the relation between semblance (Schein) and play (Spiel). Commencing with the study of the notions of play and image in Benjamin’s texts, the project will subsequently unlock a series of articulations with other authors andtopics. Therefore, the project comprises two main and complementaryobjectives. On the one hand, it proposes an original reading of Benjamin’s thought, exploring his understanding of the dimension of play and his fertile developments on the concept of image; on the other hand, it expands this reading in order to describe the transformations occurring in modern and contemporary art. Taking these objectives into consideration, the investigation plan unfolds as follows: 1) to examine the various occurrences of the dimension of play in Benjamin’s thought; 2) to establish a framework of authors and themes within the aesthetical tradition developing the relation between art and play; 3) to explore the different shapes of the concept of image in Benjamin’s texts; 4) to deepen the benjaminian readings of Baudelaire, Proust and Kafka, as well as his conjectures regarding the role of photography and cinema in the transformation of the aesthetic values; 5) to expand the abovementioned examinations in order to better understand the creative processes in art; 6) to assess the pertinence of the research’s main concepts in the context of modern and contemporary art.

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Seminário Nietzsche | Anthony Jensen

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May 23, 2018

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May 16, 2018

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Seminário “Figuras da Subjectividade na Filosofia e na Literatura” | 6ª Sessão: António Cardiello

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March 14, 2018

Seminário Nietzsche | Ernani Chaves

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March 12, 2018

Seminário Nietzsche | Roberto Barros

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February 28, 2018

Paula Olmos, 19 February 2018, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Narratives in Scientific Justificatory Practice"

February 19, 2018

Seminário “Figuras da Subjectividade na Filosofia e na Literatura” | 5ª Sessão: Claudio Rozzoni

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February 14, 2018

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January 31, 2018

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January 26, 2018

Ciclo temático "Leituras críticas sobre a experiência da cidade" | Sessão IV: Susana Viegas

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January 25, 2018

Seminário Nietzsche | André Muniz Garcia

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January 10, 2018

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Cinema 10: Call for Papers

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December 14, 2017

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"The Force of Law", F. Schauer

December 13, 2017

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December 11, 2017

Dina Mendonça, Fr 27 Nov 17 Sala 606 TB, 16h

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November 24, 2017

I Biennale Nietzscheana - "Nietzsche e as artes / Nietzsche and the Arts"

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November 15, 2017

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October 18, 2017

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