The Institute for Critical Theory of the Zurich University of the Arts organises this symposium, which will take place from 20-21 November 2009 in Zurich.
Furniture in works of art or design – objects and their social relations
The symposium aims to explore current trends in the relation between furniture in art and design. In both disciplines furniture is often presented in installations, making it part of the the art or design “work”. In the area of design, a potential viewer becomes even more important than the user. The appearance of furniture reveals more about its production history or visual associations than about the object’s practical use. Although artists like Jorge Pardo produced functional furniture in the 1990s, a younger generation of artists, like Martin Boyce, seem to be exploring visual options of possible uses rather than making actual furniture. This seems not to affect the notion that an artwork is predominantly a visual phenomenon. Lectures and discussions will revolve around the mutual influences between the concept of a work of art and that of a work of design in contemporary culture, taking into account their philosophical and sociological consequences.
The admission charge is CHF 20.-, concession CHF 12.-