Ethics, Art and Moving Images

This transdisciplinary symposium, organised by Silke Panse and Connal Parsley, explored how ethics might figure in the making of art and images after modernism and postmodernism, starting from the premise that in the Anthropocene, the artwork cannot rest upon its separation from the world.

The symposium asked what ethics are at play in the relations between the human artist, the art, and human and non-human models or participants. Art theorists and practitioners as well as legal studies scholars probed the role of art and moving images in the creation of ethical relations through new materialist, eco-political and posthuman thought and practice.

The event was a collaboration between the University for the Creative Arts, the Centre for Critical Thought at Kent Law School (University of Kent) and the Whitstable Biennale. It was live-streamed for WB2016 by

Speakers & Papers:

Jon Kear (Independent Scholar, I)
A Game that Must be Lost: Intersubjectivity, Otherness and Ethics in Cezanne's Cardplayers

Connal Parsley (Lecturer, Centre for Critical Thought at the Kent Law School, University of Kent, UK)

For a New Ethics of Spectatorship: The Artist Films of Renzo Martens

Mike Marshall (Artist and Senior Lecturer, Fine Art, University for the Creative Arts, UK)
The Perils of Aesthetic Freedom / Being Bad Can Feel so Good

Silke Panse (Reader in Film, Art and Philosophy, University for the Creative Arts, UK)
For Innocence, Against Purity

Mikhail Lylov (Artist, Berlin, D)
Passive Strategy: Two Moments of a Fold

Oren Ben-Dor (Professor of Law and Philosophy, University of Southampton, UK)
Origin, Place, Light: On the Limit of Practical Wisdom

Elke Marhöfer (Artist, Berlin, D)
Zones of Indiscernibility

Fiona MacDonald (Artist, UK)
Ant-ic Actions – An Experiential Exploration of the Ethics of Co-production

Phillip Warnell (Filmmaker and Associate Professor, Filmmaking and Experimental Film, Kingston University, UK)
Being Held to Account: Writing in the Place of the Animal

Anat Pick (Senior Lecturer, Film Studies, Queen Mary, University of London, UK)
Electricity and the Spectacle of Animality

Filmed by Reynir Hutber at the Cragg Lecture Theatre, UCA Canterbury, Whitstable, 3 June, 2016.