Re-thinking landscape

I have posted on him before, but today I discovered this very interesting talk by Edward Burtynsky – why don’t you have a look? ©Edward Burtynsky I think the environmental movement has failed in that it’s used the stick too much; it’s used the apocalyptic tone too much; it hasn’t sold the positive aspects of … More Re-thinking landscape

After the revolution, who’s going to pick up the garbage on Monday morning?

Today I have been studying the extraordinary work on ordinary life by the American artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles. I am especially interested in how she presents her own invention Maintenance Art as a feminine antagonism to the male dominated Avant-garde.  Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Washing/Tracks/Maintenance, 1973. She argues that the two, Maintenance Art and Avant-garde follow two … More After the revolution, who’s going to pick up the garbage on Monday morning?

a note on Gadamer’s aesthetics & hermeneutics

After a nice week off, I have to admit: I rather prefer my ordinary everyday life, my peaceful study, hours of uninterrupted reading and writing. Celebration and parties are ok, as long as they come in small dosages. I will spend my next days preparing a new lecture on Gadamer’s aesthetics & hermeneutics. Gadamer’s approach … More a note on Gadamer’s aesthetics & hermeneutics

Gadamer’s Aesthetics

Today I’m preparing a lecture on the aesthetics of Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900-2002). Gadamer’s theories on art are most interesting! I am especially intrigued by his idea of ART AS SPIEL (Die Aktualität des Schönen. Kunst als Spiel, Symbol und Fest, 1977). I find the play-metaphor very useful. Gadamer includes the viewer/listener/reader in the artwork, and this … More Gadamer’s Aesthetics


In my investigations on the term of Conceptual Art I have become more and more unsure if this is at all a useful concept. The definition is much too wide! And we all know that a definition which includes all and everything, is a useless definition. We, the art theoreticians, definitely have some intellectual & philosophical … More Autoxylopyrocycloboros

On Beauty

As some of you already know, last week I tried to get my art students interested in art history by showing them two works: Jan Davidsz de Heem, Vase of Flowers, (1660) Heikki Marila: Kukat XIX, (2009) Comparing these two paintings worked really well as an opening into the field of art history. The students had … More On Beauty


I am preparing for my first lecture, for meeting a group of students being very dedicated and interested in art – but having no knowledge on the historic and theoretical dimensions of the subject, which is what I am going to introduce them to. No textbooks on their curriculum …  all is going to be … More Preparing