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Prof. Sianne Ngai: An Introduction to Aesthetic Categories (Through the Case of an Unstable One)
What is an aesthetic category? In what sense is it a historical phenomenon? How are its two components, spontaneous judgment and the perception of form, sutured by affect into a distinctive experience? While drawing on philosophers to think about these questions, this lecture will also explore them through a distinctively capitalist aesthetic category: the extravagant and yet impoverished, simultaneously overperforming and underperforming, fundamentally compromised gimmick.

Moderation: Prof. Johannes Völz
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