Graham Harman on Art and the Business of Speculative Realism
Distributed for Sternberg Press
A lecture by the originator of object-oriented philosophy, delivered on the occasion of the Sculpture after Sculpture exhibition at Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
Can objects be traumatized? How does the commercial value of an art object relate to its aesthetic qualities? How do objects interact? These are some of the questions addressed by Graham Harman, the originator of object-oriented philosophy and a central figure of the Speculative Realism school of thought in contemporary philosophy. This book includes Harman's lecture “What Is an Object?” delivered at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, on the occasion of the exhibition Sculpture after Sculpture, with Jeff Koons, Charles Ray, and Katharina Fritsch—artists who have expanded the notion of the object in art and society at large.
In his lecture, Harman gives a thorough exposition of the object from an ontological standpoint and puts forward a concept of the object that goes beyond reductionist orientations. He declares a philosophical approach bringing philosophy and the arts closely together, where objects are impenetrable to direct knowledge and paraphrase and instead must be approached obliquely and indirectly. The publication also includes a symposium in which thirteen questions to Harman—in relation to the thirteen sculptures of the show—that were posed about the implications of object-oriented philosophy for art, business administration, and philosophy.
Graham Harman, Daniel Birnbaum, Lars Strannegård, Sven-Olov Wallenstein, Pierre Guillet de Monthoux, Marcia Cavalcante, Jo Widoff, Sigrid Sandström, Michael Dahlén, Emma Stenström, Jenny Lanz, Ebba Sjögren, Isak Nilson, Erik Wikberg
Copublished with the Stockholm School of Economics
Paperback$19.95 T ISBN: 9783956795244 84 pp. | 5 in x 7.5 in 13 color illus.
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Artful Objects by SSE Art Initiative goes beyond the fear of pooling knowledge.
Hans Ulrich Obrist
Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries, London
The next step in SSE Art Initiative's inspiring intellectual journey is a series of publications gathering important thinkers and artists. In the first volume you can take part in thought-provoking experiments in art and capitalism and find out if art is an object or not.
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SSE Art Initiative brings together art, business, and philosophy in a way that is vibrant, relevant, and meaningful and underlines art's ability to fertilize and influence society.
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