Rhythm, Time, Form - A Concept of Art Research around 1900 and its Temporal and Cultural Implications
Date: 26 - 28 September 2018
Convenors: Boris Roman Gibhardt (Bielefeld, GER)
The interdisciplinary workshop deals with the concept of rhythm in aesthetics, literature and visual arts around 1900. At this period, philosophers and artists strikingly often referred to the notion of rhythm in order to emphasize the physical origin of aesthetic experience in contrast to an intellectual understanding of art. The workshop takes up this debate on rhythms and tries, contrary to historical approaches on aesthetics, to unfold the latent temporal dimension of art and its experience, including cultural and non-Western concepts of time and temporality. The workshop also investigates the question why the established concept of rhythm could not prevail after 1900 and if the idea of rhythmical experience can encourage current debates, as for example discussions about
presence in the humanities or more specific investigations about reception aesthetics.