Unwelcome Guests: Art and Ethics

Performative Seminar, Douglas Hyde Gallery, June 29 2017

In 2011, the artist John Timberlake wrote, “the radical quality of art is that it has no use in a culture dominated by profit, loss and use value.” This familiar claim for art’s autonomy is often a site of conflict when it encounters ethical and moral norms. Should works of art conform to what is morally acceptable or does its status as art make it separate from moral transgression?

Examining various meeting points between ethics and aesthetics, this performative seminar featured contributions from McIntyre as well as the performer Isadora Epstein, the curator Benjamin Stafford and the philosopher Ben Bramble.