Art and Self-Transformation

Alva Noë with Michael Spicher

How do we experience art and what it means to be an “observer”? And how can artworks lead us to remake ourselves? 

In this conversation with Michael Spicher, distinguished philosopher Alva Noë will consider how we can use encounters with specific artworks to gain entry into a world of fascinating issues – like how philosophy and science are represented in film; what evolutionary biology says about art; or the role of relics, fakes, and copies in our experience of a work. 

Noë will argue that, like philosophy, art is a sort of technology for understanding ourselves. Put simply, art is an opportunity for us to enact ourselves anew.

Alva Noë is a writer and a philosopher living in Berkeley and New York. He works on the nature of mind and human experience. His new essay collection, Learning to Look: Dispatches from the Art World, is published this year by Oxford University Press. alvanoe.com / twitter.com/alvanoe

Michael Spicher is a philosopher of art and aesthetics in Boston. He works as an editor for the Leonardo Electronic Almanac published by MIT Press and for the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. He teaches at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Boston Architectural College. aestheticsresearch.com / twitter.com/MRSpicher

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Monday 28th February

7.00 p.m. (UK time)/2.00 p.m. (EST)