Led by Nigel Warburton (booking required)
Friday evenings 6.30-8.30 p.m, Victoria and Albert Museum.
• To introduce and explore some key themes from Surrealism
• To discuss these themes in relation to philosophy
• To examine these themes in relation to particular works in the Surreal Things show
1. (1.6.07) CHANCE: The methods of surrealism include free association and other forms of automatism. In this session we will explore philosophical ideas about artistic intention and chance, and interpreting the accidental.
2 (8.6.07) DREAM: Dreams and dream-like imagery inspire many surrealist works. The second session of the course is devoted to an exploration of the relation between dreams and reality.
3.(15.6.07) DESIRE: Sexual desire, its complications, sublimations and manifestations fuels surrealism. In this third session we will explore some of philosophical explanations of the nature of desire relating these ideas to works in the exhibition.
4. (22.6.07) TABOO: Like many artists, the surrealists challenged the status quo, They did this most dramatically by confronting taboos. In this session we will explore the meaning of taboo, and philosophical questions about offence, and the limits of artistic freedom.
I will be putting summaries, further thoughts, links to related material and suggestions for further reading linked from my weblog ‘Virtual Philosopher’ <www.virtualphilosopher.org> a few days after each session.