Join philosophy professor Vera Albrecht and interdisciplinary artist activist Courtney Frances Fallon as they discuss what defines art/Art from a social, political, and metaphysical standpoint. Professor Albrecht and Courtney will then investigate these abstract concepts in the context of CFF’s 2017 protest project “Draw The Blue Line” – a multi-discipline art action about climate change where performance art turned into a police provocation – and arts activism as a creative practice.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Vera Albrecht received a Master’s degree in Philosophy, Indology, and Ancient Greek from Albertus Magnus Universität in Cologne, Germany, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her areas of specialization are Metaphysics and Object theory, Philosophy of Language, and Aesthetics. She teaches Philosophy of Law and Philosophy of Art at LaGuardia Community College (CUNY) in Queens, New York. Vera has been writing about non-existent objects, the nature of objects of art, as well as on truth in fiction.
Courtney Frances Fallon is a writer, director, artist, and performer whose creative practice involves activism. Originally from Buffalo, she spent several years living and traveling abroad to over 40 countries and most of the US before setting down roots in Brooklyn. Her mother emigrated to the US as a child refugee, which made Fallon acutely aware of the absurdity and injustices of political systems. Being immersed in other cultures further radicalized her and ultimately motivated her to direct her artistic practice towards activist goals. Her work frequently employs a surreal, cartoon-like absurdity to discuss and dissect tragedies and devastations. Ridiculousness allows the work to be aggressive and/or didactic without alienating, boring, or condescending the audience. She is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.
June 23, 2021, 5:00 CST
Meeting ID: 935 9927 2649; Passcode: 502069
This project is part of “Possessing a common logic,” a series of discussions and collaborations between philosophers, theorists, artists, and performers. Curator Jeanette Joy Harris brings together two creative thinkers from different disciplines and invites them to uncover a common logic or underlying thread that connects their practices.
Working toward resonances not necessarily similarities and shared ways of thinking not necessarily shared thoughts, the end result is unpredictable. This series aims to imagine new possibilities and projects through difference. It moves away from a purely critical mode of engagement, focusing, instead on creation and construction.
This work is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.
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