World-making and World Art
May 9-10, 10am-5pm, Berkeley Art Museum Theater, free admission
Sponsored by the Arts Research Center.

This conference explores practices of visual and aural culture in painting, photography,
film, architecture, performance, music, and new media as world-making—how they
create human worlds of sensation, knowledge, and action. The traditions addressed
range from 19th-century Europe and 20th-century America to the medieval Islamic
world, the transnational Caribbean, and contemporary India. Speakers aim to confront
theories of world-making with the diversity of world art traditions. It seems obvious that
art makes many different worlds. How do they interrelate and change? Are interpre-
tations limited to individual cultures, or do they offer resources for comparisons among
traditions? What world is involved in "world art"?

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Friday, May 9, 2008, 11:15pm to Saturday, May 10, 2008 1:15am