Aesthetics and Politics of Play (completed)
The project studies the role of play in life and art within a contemporary context, with reference both to contemporary theory and contemporary aesthetic practices.
About the project
What kind of activity is play? How is play related to art? And how is play related to life? These are questions that the project “The Aesthetics and Politics of Play” sets out to explore. The project takes up the old question of the role of play in life and art and rephrases the question within a contemporary context, with reference both to contemporary theory and contemporary aesthetic practices.
Focusing on the zones of intersection between the aesthetic field and everyday life, the project aims to develop a theoretical framework in which the relations between art, play, and life may be reconsidered. The key issue in this regard will be to explore the consequences of approaching the question of art through the concept of play, and the relevance of such an approach for the understanding of modern and contemporary art. More specifically, the project will examine and discuss the significance of the concept of “play” 1) in aesthetic theory 2) in contemporary discussions on 'life’ and 'forms of life' 3) in modern art and literature.
The project is financed by The Faculty of humanities.