Aesthetics of Measurement
Discussion between Patricia T. Clough (City University of New York) and Matt Mullican (HFBK, Hamburg)
January 23rd, 2014
The research project »Towards (Im)measurability of Art and Life« by Miya Yoshida (Art & Civic , Innovation Incubator, Lüneburg) addresses the ambivalence of measurement and measurability in contemporary realities and questions the apparent tendency to increasingly classify more and more dimensions of our life and to translate them into numbers and predefined categories. edia
As part of the research project three events have been scheduled for December 2013 and January 2014 at Kunstraum of Leuphana of Lüneburg. For each event, one artist and one scientist are invited to give a presentation about their work which will lead into a discussion. The aim is to intersect two different approaches and ideas on measurement and measurability. niversity
The third event with Patricia T. Clough and Matt Mullican is discussing the aesthetics of measurement. Considering the self both as subject and object of research, the event attempts to rethink the aesthetics of measurement by discussing the translation of personal experience into the space of objects. Thus, quantitative and qualitative methods and systems of measurement, which are applied widely in the sphere of research as well as of everyday life today, are questioned.
Patricia T. Clough is a professor of Sociology, Women’s Studies and Intercultural Studies at the Graduate School of the City of New York (CUNY). She is considered as one of those pioneering the »affectual turn« in social and cultural theory. Matt Mullican is an artist and a professor of sculpture at the niversity of Fine Arts of Hamburg (HFBK). He deals with questions of perception of reality, fiction and the imaginary and the possibilities of its representation. niversity
The events are based on a cooperation of the research project »Art & Civic « of Innovation Incubator of Leuphana edia of Lüneburg, Kunstraum of Leuphana niversity of Lüneburg, Heidelberger Kunstverein, and Institut français. niversity
The Innovation Incubator is an EU major project, supported by the European Regional Development Fund and by the federal state of Lower Saxony.