Jane Taylor, the Andrew Mellon Chair in Aesthetic Theory and Material Performance, is giving a lecture at the Graduate Studies Program at the University of Geneva on March 3. She will be presenting her research on the Wittgenstein family, an enquiry that will be integral to her upcoming theatre piece on Ludwig and Paul Wittgenstein.
The Chair will then be giving a lecture on 6th March on her recent book on William Kentridge (U of Chicago, 1917) at the University of Seattle. The lecture provides an interpretation of Kentridge’s arts practice through a reading of his production at the New York Metropolitan Opera, of Shostakovitch’s opera, ‘The Nose,’ and it considers the impact of Stalinism on the aesthetic world of the Soviet States, and its oblique impact on arts practice in South Africa.
The Chair will then participate in a workshop between 8th and 13th March in Oslo, Norway, that raises questions about ‘The Moving Object in Japan’, and will explore Japanese puppetry traditions in order to deepen debates about puppetry arts and the new philosophical debates around robotics, consciousness, AI, and the post human.
The Chair will be in public debate with renowned art historian, Joseph Leo Koerner who is giving the Avernali Lecture at the University of California, Berkeley. They will be in discussion around Koerner’s paper on ‘Art in a State of Siege,’ on March 16th.