The symposium aims at bringing together the fields of art, science and religion. How can science and religion be explored from the perspective of the arts? Themes to be discussed will unwind from and be elaborated on contemporary notions of beauty, ornament, and public art. The public and aesthetic space offer not only timeless objects of appreciation, aesthetic value and use, but also habits and rituals. The aim is to bring out different images of how aesthetics, as a historical and contemporary tradition, is formed together with strands of artist research, art criticism, art history as well as the humanities, philosophy, and religious studies.
Proposals are welcome on the interconnectedness of art, science and religion, including (but not restricted to) the following themes:
* Truth claims in philosophy, art, science, and religion.
* Art criticism, art history, and artist research.
* Commerce and communication.
* Technology and tradition.
* Artefacts in science and religion.
* Power and politics of beauty.
Kent C. Bloomer, Chief Designer, Professor, Yale School of Architecture, USA
Melissa Raphael, Professor of Jewish Theology, University of Gloucestershire, UK
Serafim Seppälä, Professor of Systematic Theology and Patristics, University of Eastern Finland
Mark C. Taylor, Professor of Religion, Columbia University, USA
Preliminary Symposium Schedule:
Wednesday, 11 May 2016
15.00 Arrival in Turku
17.00 Re-opening Art Exhibition at Gallery Titanik, Östra strandgatan 8
18.30 Reception at Humanisticum, Biskopsgatan 13
Thursday, 12 May 2016
Sibelius Museum, Biskopsgatan 17
08.45 Opening of the Symposium
09.00 Kent Bloomer: “[The Greeks] called it KOSMOS which means ornament.”
Response: Pauline von Bonsdorff
11.00 Melissa Raphael: The Creation of Beauty by its Destruction:
Idoloclasm in Modern and Contemporary Jewish Art
Response: Ruth Illman
14.00 Serafim Seppälä: The Temple of Non-Being
Response: Catharina Raudvere
16.00- Mark C. Taylor: The Aesthetic Turn
17.30 Response: Daniel Birnbaum
19.00 Dinner: Life on a Leaf – House ( www.anderssonart.com)
Friday, 13 May 2016
Humanisticum, Biskopsgatan 13
10.00 Opening of the Roundtable, coffee
10.30 Panel 1: Art Approaches Science and/or Religion
13.30 Panel 2: Science Approaches Art as Religion
15.30 Panel 3: Religion Approaches the Art of Science
Jan-Erik Andersson, Bengt Kristensson Uggla & Jan Kenneth Weckman, AmosLAB
Ruth Illman & Malin Fredriksson, the Donner Institute