Historians and theorists have largely ignored and downplayed the energies—all of them—that many artists—across all the arts—understand to be operating in the world and their work. There are perfectly good reasons why this has happened, but they no longer seem tenable for developing a scholarship centered on artists or for a planet undergoing the energetic transformations of global warming. This talk will propose ways to reconfigure energy and energies to render them conducive to the arts and experience, if not the demands of transitioning to a dynamic homeostasis with the environment.
Douglas Kahn is Professor at the National Institute for Experimental Arts, UNSW Art & Design, at University of New South Wales in Sydney. His books include Earth Sound Earth Signal: Energies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts (University of California, 2013), Noise Water Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts (MIT Press, 1999), and the forthcoming collection, Energies in the Arts (MIT Press).
Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities • Photomedia | School of Art + Art History + Design • DXARTS Contemporary History of Ideas • Human Centered Design & Engineering • Anthropocene Research Cluster