Writing Visual Culture

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An international peer-reviewed journal for research in visual culture published by the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire.

WVC is the journal of the TVAD Research Group at the University of Hertfordshire, investigating relationships between text, narrative and image.

WVC publishes original, open access scholarship on all aspects of visual culture, spanning art, design and media. Individual volumes are guest edited as indicated.

Volume 9 will be an edited collection of the talks and presentations from the TVAD 2019 international symposium:

'Artists and the Philosophers We Love'

20-21 June 2019
School of Creative Arts, College Lane, Hatfield

Keynote Dr Kerry Power
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Responding to the following provocation:

Artists have long been interested in the field of philosophy; it has been subject to both fascination and scepticism. Artists are found quoting nuggets of philosophy as inspiration and as context for their work. For some, philosophers are names to conjure with, to add theoretical ballast to their perspectives, whereas for others philosophy is a vital of source of criticality, offering a new perspective on an individual's art and the context in which we find ourselves. For generations, artists have looked to philosophers of the Frankfurt School to understand the art-society-politics nexus and their role in it, and artists, such as Joseph Kosuth, engage with the Analytic tradition. In Art After Philosophy (1969) Kosuth responds to AJ Ayer.

Philosophy comprises one aspect of an art education at BA and MA levels, and for many, a Doctorate in Fine Art practice, requires a serious engagement with philosophy in addition to theory, history and other disciplines. Can artists contribute meaningfully to philosophy? Can there be a productive relationship between art practice and philosophy that goes beyond name-checking the Good and the Great, and merely illustrating a well-honed philosophical phrase? What is it for an artist to love a philosopher? In this workshop, we want to explore the relationship between art and philosophy from the perspective of practicing artists. Our aim is to examine how art can engage with, and contribute to the theoretical problems of philosophy, and offer a critical rethinking of philosophies re-imagined and interrogated through art practice.

Volume 9 will be available at the 2020 TVAD conference, 'What the world needs now is artists and designers engaging with science', 25-26 June 2020


The journal applies a system of double-blind peer review to both abstract and full paper selection prior to publication.


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