AELab - Laboratory of Aesthetics and Philosophy of Artistic Pratices
AELab is a research structure within the larger research-oriented Nova Institute of Philosophy (IFILNOVA) at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.
The principal focus of AElab is the philosophical problem of aesthetic and artistic value. Its main research goal is to work on answers for such issues as: what is aesthetic value? Have we reached the so-called “end of art” and, particularly, the end of “the aesthetic”? Why do we value art and what do we value in valuing art today? How does art express and change values that structure contemporary societies? How does art in the modern and so-called postmodern world relate to Ethics and Politics?
In order to answer these broad questions, the work of the international body of researchers at AELab concentrates on: a) the constitution, organization and dissemination of the philosophical inquiry on art theory and art practices; b) the proposal of methodological and theoretical tools for elaborating innovative research in the field of artistic practices; c) the development of a critical discourse that will help and consolidate the use of philosophical values and concepts in the creative processes of artistic production and circulation.
The activities at AELab are organized into 5 main interconnected research lines: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art; Art and Ecology; Cinema, Mind and Subjectivity; Drama and Philosophy; Image, Memory and Archive.
Over the last years the international researchers at AElab have implemented several research projects.
Projects sponsored by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT):
Film and Philosophy: Mapping an encounter - PTDC/FIL - FIL/098143/2008
IFILNOVA Supported Projects:
Language and forces: The unconscious of language and the creative process
Drama and Philosophy: a recurrent and most needed encounter