Philosophy in the Context of Art, 2015/16
Course on the advanced level, 15 ECTS credits

’Philosophy in the Context of Art ’(15 ECTS credits) is a part-time advanced level course introduced in Autumn 2015 at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. The course is taught by Professor Peter Osborne and is offered for applicants enrolled at the Royal Institute of Art and also to a limited number of external applications. ’Philosophy in the Context of Art’ is intended for artist practitioners with a minimum of a BA in art or architecture or another relevant field interested in investigating and reflecting upon philosophical discourses on art and the arts, and exploring the artistic significance of philosophical ideas. The course will present and develop some concepts from European or so-called ‘continental’ philosophy in the context of art, to invite their reflexive appropriation by postgraduate art practitioners, and to foster a dialogue between philosophical and artistic discourses.

Art_and_Education_Philosophy_in_the_Context_of_Art    Image by Carl Mydans (detail), 1939 

The course’s goal is critically to explore the current state of some basic concepts that have distinct but either contested or as-yet-unexplored relevance to art practices and discourses of the arts more generally. These concepts may be philosophical versions of ones that have historically been a part of art discourse (such as ’image,’ ’the interesting,’ and ’use’), or they may derive from the history of philosophy or current scientific practices. In each case, the consideration will have two aspects: (i) philosophical reflection on the genealogy, dynamics and development of the concepts and (ii) critical reflection on their relevance o the production and criticism of contemporary art, and the mutations in them produced by ’the context of art’.

Students will be introduced to the philosophical interpretation, analysis, and criticism of some basic concepts in the contemporary post-Kantian European tradition, and will consider and discuss their relevance to their own activities as art-practitioners.

The course will be structured in a periodic intensive workshop style,  consisting of a lecture-based class, a seminar discussion class and a student presentation class along with tutorial time for supervision of student projects. An international conference will follow in January 2016 at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm in collaboration with the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy on a theme explored within the course. 

The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm will commence its annually rotating International Visiting Chair in ’Philosophy in the Context of Art’ with Philosopher and Professor Peter Osborne in Autumn 2015 followed by Professor Catherine Malabou in Autumn 2016

The International Visiting Chair Autumn 2015/Professor Peter Osborne
Peter Osborne is Professor of Modern European Philosophy and director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University, London. He is also an editor of the British journal Radical Philosophy. Osborne’s books include: Anywhere 
or Not at All: Philosophy of Contemporary 
Art (2013), The Politics of Time: Modernity and Avant-Garde (1995/2011); Marx (2005); Conceptual Art (2002); and Philosophy in Cultural Theory (2000). He also edited the three-volume Walter Benjamin: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory (2005).

Professor Peter Osborne presents a public lecture introductory to the subjects explored in the Autumn course entitled ’Use! Value! Exchange! Inside and Outside the Relations of Exchange – 2’ at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm on 27 April, 2015 at 16:00. 

Application deadline 15 April 2015.

Course syllabuse 
Kursplan (Swedish)
Pdf course prospectus