Comparative Everyday Aesthetics: East-West Studies in Contemporary Living symposium

12 April 2022, 9am – 1pm (HK Time)(GMT/UTC+8) on Zoom (ID: 984 6054 1392)

The most fundamental doubt about everyday aesthetics is its reality. The overarching doubt breaks down into issues about the possible triviality of everyday aesthetic experience, the coherence of the idea of the aesthetic, and about aesthetic value. What is an aesthetic experience of the everyday? Does an explanation cohere with aesthetic experiences of artworks? What value is attached to aesthetic experiences of the everyday?

This symposium invites 12 leading international scholars to present analysis and case studies from different cultural settings in the East and the West. They explore aesthetic interests and experiences in our daily lives at home, in workplaces, in using everyday things, in our built and natural environments, and in our relationships and communities.

Keynote: Living with Everyday Objects: Aesthetic and Ethical Practice —Yuriko Saito, Professor Emeritus at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), US

The presentations of the speakers are briefs of the entries to the anthology, Comparative Everyday Aesthetics: East-West Studies in Contemporary Living edited by Professor Eva Kit Wah Man, Academy of Film at Hong Kong Baptist University and Dr Jeffrey Petts, Faculty of Arts at Northeastern University, China, to be published by Amsterdam University Press in the summer of 2022.

Organised by Professor Eva Kit Wah Man and Dr Mateja Kovacic, Academy of Film, School of Communication and Film, Hong Kong Baptist University