KISDtalk: "How Art Seduces"

KISDtalks: Theories and Practice of Design , 29. November 2016

What perceptions do exist when one is confronted with art? How does art operate, affect, and last? The artist and writer Dr. Laura Gonzáles will in this KISDtalk present her perspectives on "how art seduces".

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KISDtalk: "How Art Seduces"

KISDtalks: Theories and Practice of Design


  • 29. November 2016
  • 17.30 Uhr bis 19.00 Uhr


KISD – Köln International School of Design, Ubierring 40, 50678 Köln


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KISDtalks: Theories and Practice of Design


Dr. Laura Gonzáles, artist writer, The Glasgow School of Art


KISD – Köln International School of Design

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What makes a work of art seductive? This KISDtalk by Dr. Laura Gonzáles, The Glasgow School of Art, is concerned with the relational and psychodynamic aspects of the encounter between the work of the art and the viewer; one that, when seduction operates, is characterized by interplay, flow, and conflict. The first step is to define seduction, a concept that is contingent, ridden with confusion, contradictions and connotative interpretations. Any attempt at pinning it down shows that it is pervasive and operates everywhere. To overcome this problem, Laura González puts forward a subjective approach, comprised of three practices: photographic, psychoanalytic, and writing. Her own (nearly missed) encounter with Marcel Duchamp’s "Étant donnés", and a bold shoe in a New York shop window play a part in delineating seduction.
The talk will be held in English language.

The KISDtalks are a public lecture series on relevant perspectives of design. They give open space for an open-minded and profound analysis of current and future issues of design, culture, society, technology, and different scientific disciplines. Topics are interdisciplinary, integrative, and provide internationality by domestic and international speakers.
The KISDtalks always take place on Tuesday at 5.30 pm. The 60-90 minutes-long presentations with “Q&A“ are a public event and free of charge.

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