Enchanted Objects: Agency in the Magic Act and Contemporary Art Practice
Thurs 7th Oct 12-1pm
Venue: Bishop Otter Campus: Room LO6
This seminar will focus on some of the ways in which the objects, strategies, and concepts of conjuring—or what Simon During has called ‘secular’ magic—might be seen to converge with those of contemporary art practice. Jonathan Gilhooly is an artist who has explored this theme through both his PhD research, and his recent art practice. He will draw upon Alfred Gell’s theory of art and agency, in which an artwork is treated as a particular, cognitively salient kind of agent, through which the agency of a social other can be inferred.