The seminars are open only for the School for Young Artists participants.
The course attempts to understand how aesthetic experience and aesthetic judgment are related today, what determines them and what can serve as their basis. The course's hypothesis is based on the assumption that the most active and traumatic territory where reflection and experience, aesthetic and extra-aesthetic feeling problematically intertwine, is the area of tension between the registers of the Beautiful and the Sublime. Should art be a “kingdom of beauty”, a disinterested contemplation of a perfect form, or it has to accept the multiple challenges of the contemporary world, working with pain and suffering and inevitably becoming a “crap kingdom”? Which of these paradigms of artistic thinking today can be called relevant? How does the meaning of the Beautiful and the Sublime transform from classic to modern times and is it possible to describe contemporary art in these terms?
Nina Savchenkova — philosopher, psychoanalyst; Doctor of Philosophy, Professor at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and Practices in the Field of Arts, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St Petersburg State University, Professor at the Department of Theory of Psychoanalysis at the East European Institute of Psychoanalysis, St Petersburg.