The Institute for Aesthetic Research
October 21 – November 18, 2009
As part of America for Sale, artists Daniel Lichtman and David Baumflek will host The Institute for Aesthetic Research (IAR) - a program of public events, talks and discussions focused on Art, Economics and Institutional Critique. They will attempt to translate the traditional role of the “think tank” into the sphere of cultural production and visual art. As the traditional think tank situates itself between the academy, special interests and government, the IAR will consider how to place itself critically within the circuits of distribution and legitimization of aesthetic objects and ideas. The IAR will itself be an experiment in the dynamics of cultural-political discourse. These five weekly meetings will culminate in a collectively-produced publication that explores the possibilities of cultural production in contestation, or outside the realm of Neoliberalism.
Organized by David Baumflek and Daniel Lichtman
October 21, 2009, 6pm
Organizers David Baumflek and Daniel Lichtman will introduce the Institute for Aesthetic Research (IAR), speak about the forthcoming IAR publication, and discuss the goals of the IAR. Adam Simon, and another guest to be announced, will be present to contribute to the discussion.
October 28, 2009, 6pm
Timothy Murray and Renate Ferro will discuss how politically-minded new media of the 1990s and early 2000s have been co-opted by advanced strategies of viral marketing on the web.
November 4, 2009, 6pm
John Baldachinno will discuss art, pedagogy and politics in contemporary art practice.
November 11, 2009, 6pm
Ethan Spigland will screen SHALLOW, a film he and collaborator Malcom McLaren produced.
A discussion will follow.
November 18, 2009, 6pm
Organizers David Baumflek and Daniel Lichtman will lead a discussion on the entries submitted by local and internet-based participants for the IAR publication. Audience members will contribute to a discussion in editing and finalizing the publication. Adam Simon will facilitate the discussion.