Join us for the monthly Highlight Lecture Series on Monday June 12th at 1pm!
‘Genius of the Arts & War: Apollo as inspiration for a Systems Approach to Art‘, by Grainne Coughlan
This lecture will look at the symbolism of Apollo as both god of war and genius of the arts. This inspires the lecture discussion to address the so called ‘war’ between the arts and the sciences. In 1959, C.P. Snow addressed the animosity between the ‘two cultures’ and encouraged greater collaboration between both.The lecture will use the statue of Apollo, as god of the arts and war, to illustrate the collaborative potential of such a systems approach to art, and how it can help us understand participatory situations, thus ameliorating the ‘war’ between the two cultures.
In light of this, the lecture will address how the divide has been addressed by exploring uses of a ‘systems theory’ approach in art. It will use the ‘systems esthetics’ developed by Jack Burnham in the 1960s and contemporary examples of systems theoretical methodologies as a way to organise collaboration between interdisciplinary groups