CANCELLED: Tarek Elhaik: "The Art of Cogitation"

Departmental Seminar Series features Tarek Elhaik, Associate Professor, UC Davis Department of Anthropology, University of California.

The seminar is followed by informal gathering, at which refreshments are served. All are welcome!

Abstract

Elhaik opens a zone of dialogue between philosophical anthropology and art history in order to account for the emergence of new abstract tendencies in contemporary art, what he calls the "Art of Cogitation."   In the practice and writings of some of the artists with whom he is in dialogue, Elhaik identifies alternate genealogies of abstraction that challenge the dominance of Surrealist motifs in art-anthropology encounters:  1) art historically, by exploring affinities with the avant-garde movements known as Concrete Art and Neo-Concretismo (Mondrian, Torres Garcia, Lygia Clark); and 2) philosophically, by examining the notion of 'cogitation', i.e. the ruminative power between the imagination and reason conceptualized by the 12th century philosopher Averroes.

Research profile

Tarek Elhaik opens a zone of dialogue between philosophical anthropology and art history in order to account for the emergence of new abstract tendencies in contemporary art, what he calls the "Art of Cogitation."  In the practice and writings of some of the artists with whom he is in dialogue, Elhaik identifies alternate genealogies of abstraction that challenge the dominance of Surrealist motifs in art-anthropology encounters: 1) art historically, by exploring affinities with the avant-garde movements known as Concrete Art and Neo-Concretismo (Mondrian, Torres Garcia, Lygia Clark); and 2) philosophically, by examining the notion of 'cogitation', i.e. the ruminative power between the imagination and reason conceptualized by the 12th century philosopher Averroes.

His writings include "The Incurable-Image: Curating Post-Mexican Film and Media Arts" (Edinburgh University Press, 2016). "This is a path-breaking book. Drawing on intensive and innovative participant-observation as well as a deep background in curatorial practice, Elhaik opens the way for a deterritorialization into new spaces and modes of thought and practice. As a result, the book takes the anthropological study of images beyond method into new sites of inquiry." Review by Paul Rabinow, Berkeley. Selected publications

Tarek Elhaik is part of a collaborative team of researchers, hosted by the Los Angeles Film Forum and funded by the Getty Foundation, currently editing and curating an anthology and several platforms on experimental cinema and media in Latin America.

Published Dec. 11, 2018 2:10 PM - Last modified Aug. 8, 2019 3:33 PM