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Welcome to episode two of our dialogue podcast covering wide-ranging ideas around art and philosophy. We are Dr Sean Power and Leila Johnston

In this episode, we discuss the relationship between art, time and memory. We reflect on art’s potential to depict time and mortality, with reference to Poussin’s ‘Dance to the Music of Time’ and ‘Et in Arcadia Ego’ and others.

Here are some of the questions we think about in this episode:

  • How have creative thinkers dealt with the idea of something before the beginning of time, or after the end?
  • Why is it important that art can survive the ‘test of time’
  • Is there a truly ephemeral art that’s also valuable and effective?
  • Is it possible or desirable to create an art piece that is designed not to be remembered, or is forgetting a kind of tyranny?

Links

Poussain, ‘Dance to the Music of Time’: https://www.artble.com/artists/nicolas_poussin/paintings/dance_to_the_music_of_time

Kant’s arguments for time and space being what he calls ‘transcendentally ideal’ and not ‘transcendentally real’: https://www.iep.utm.edu/kantview/#SSH2di

Caleb Larson, ‘A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter’: https://visuall.net/2012/07/07/a-tool-to-deceive-and-slaughter-by-caleb-larsen/

James Turrell, http://jamesturrell.com/

*Note: Sean clearly doesn’t know how to pronounce ‘Poussain’, even though Leila clearly says it several times. This is not the only time Sean mispronounces things.

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