Spike Island

Discussion: Art and Its MaterialsLed by Katrina Mitcheson, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, UWE


Thursday 1 June 2017, 6–7.30pm


£5, £3 concessions
Free for Spike Associates
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The second of four events exploring the relationship between art, aesthetics and contemporary materialism. This session focuses on how visual art can be used to help understand, and theorise the self. Join Katrina Mitcheson to question the adequacy of a narrative understanding of the self that draws on the paradigm of the novel, and how the materiality of visual art can help us explore the corporeality of the self.

Organised in partnership with the Philosophy Programme and Social Sciences in the City, University of the West of England.

Reading material will be provided.

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Katrina Mitcheson

Katrina Mitcheson is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at University of the West of England (UWE). Her research is rooted in 19th and 20th European thought, including the work of Nietzsche, Freud, Foucault and Ricoeur.  She has published on Nietzsche, Foucault and the philosophy of photography and film. She is currently working on a book, Visual Art and Projects of the Self, which will be published with Edinburgh University Press.  This project considers how visual art can help address the problems and opportunities presented by a view of the self as contingent, multiple and partly unconscious, in contrast to given, unified and transparent to introspection, seeking to challenge the adequacy of a narrative understanding of the self. 

Supported by
  • University of the West of England