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Looking at: Looking Event

28 November 2016 - 18 March 2017
Southampton City Art Gallery, Commercial Road, Southampton SO14 7LP

Event details

A series of short, accessible talks for the general public at the Southampton City Art Gallery by Philosophy at the University of Southampton. Inspired by the current exhibitions on display in the gallery, the series of talks will explore what it is to look - both at art and at the world more generally. No need to pre-book.

This series of talks by philosophers from the University of Southampton accompanies the exhibition Looking at: Abstraction with Stephen Snoddy. It will explore, first, the theme of looking. What is it to look at the world? To what extent is the world as it looks to us to be? Next, the series will look at (looking at) art. What can we see when we look at a painting? What can we see in or through paintings? Can we see things that do not, or could not, exist?

Dates and times

Every Saturday from February 18th to March 18th, 2-3pm


1. Seeing stars: the problem of perception - Dr Will McNeill - Feb 18th

2. The innocent eye? - Dr Kurt Sylvan - Feb 25th

3. Colouring reality - Dr Alex Gregory - March 4th

4. Seeing in and through paintings - Dr Daniel Whiting - March 11th

5. Representing what's not really there - Dr Naomi Thompson - March 18th


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