Peter Osborne – The Postconceptual Condition: A Report on Art

Event Date: 18 April 2013

Lecture Theatre E002, Granary Building,

Central Saint Martins,

London N1C 4AA

The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) and the London Graduate School in collaboration with Art and Philosophy at Central Saint Martins present:

Professor Peter Osborne (CRMEP) – The Postconceptual Condition: A Report on Art

It is nearly 35 years since Jean-François Lyotard published The Postmodern Condition, that ‘seemingly neutral review of a vast body of material on contemporary science and problems of knowledge or information’ that proved to be (in Fredric Jameson’s phrase) ‘a kind of crossroads’. Those, like Jameson, who took the road to postmodernism have long since had to retrace their steps or accustom themselves to life in a historical cul de sac. Yet the revival and deepening of discourses of the modern alone is insufficient to grasp the most distinctive features of the historical present. How best, then, to characterise our intellectual condition today?

This lecture offers a double displacement of Lyotard’s standpoint: from the postmodern to the contemporary and from ‘knowledge’ to ‘art’. Critically viewed, it is argued, contemporary art is postconceptual art. As such, it reflects and reflects upon a broader postconceptual condition of historical experience.

Introduction by Dr Lucy Steeds (CSM).




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