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 HumanitiesUniversidade 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):

The Plurality of the Subject in Nietzsche and Pessoa- EXPL/MHC-FIL/1514/2013
General Coordinator: Bartholomew Ryan

Intention, Action, and the Philosophy of Art: New Boundaries in a Theory of Action - PTDC/FIL-FIL/116733/2010
General Coordinator: Humberto Brito

Nietzsche and the contemporary debate on the Self - PTDC/FIL-FIL/111444/2009
General Coordinator: João Constâncio

Film and Philosophy: Mapping an encounter - PTDC/FIL - FIL/098143/2008
General Coordinator: João Mário Grilo

IFILNOVA Supported Projects:

Morphology: questions on method and language
General Coordinator: Maria Filomena Molder

Language and forces: The unconscious of language and the creative process
General Coordinator: José Gil

Drama and Philosophy:  a recurrent and most needed encounter
General Coordinator: Paulo Filipe Monteiro

Postdoctoral Research Projects:

The Theater of Self: Nietzsche, Pessoa, and the writing as disquieted experience of subjectivity  - SFRH/BPD/97874/2013
Gianfranco Ferraro

Rethinking the Moving Image and Time in Gilles Deleuze’s Philosophy - SFRH/BPD/94290/2013
Susana Viegas

Aesthetics and Philosophy of Artistic Practices (Aesthetic Experience in Sound art)  - FCSH/IFL - PEst-OE/FIL/UI0183/2013
Nuno Fonseca

To exist as a person: heteronimity revised - SFRH/BPD/93359/2013
Humberto Brito

Landscape and Change - Movements - SFRH / BPD / 89366 / 2012
Ilda Teresa de Castro 

Philosophy of Space: an approach on the concept of extended consciousness. Spatial turn and Urban Space Theory -  SFRH/BPD/77770/2011
Diana Soeiro

Camera and reality. Cinematic thought and its importance for contemporary philosophy - SFRH/BPD/82038/2011
Claudio Rozzoni

A Nietzschean Approach to Evolutionary Ethics. The Problem of Moral Objectivity - SFRH/BPD/80275/2011
Paolo Stellino

The “Spatialisation of Time” in Cinema: Aesthetics and Epistemology of Time Perception (SFRH/BPD/72707/2010
Teresa Pedro

On Memory, Portuguese Cinema and Post-Historical Time- SFRH/BPD/72310/2010
Maria Irene Aparício 

 Nietzsche and Wittgenstein on Music and Philosophy - SFRH/BPD/74641/2010 
Maria João Branco

The Theatre of the Self in Søren Kierkegaard and Fernando Pessoa - SFRH/BPD/69340/2010
Bartholomew Ryan

Subject and individual being in the 19th century debate on scientific psychology - SFRH/BPD/69402/2010  Pietro Gori

Film and Philosophy: thinking the camera on post-photographic, post-Drawinian and post-Cartesian era - SFRH/BPD/44267/2008
Patrícia Castello Branco



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