Wonder in Art, Wonder as Art
with Dr Patrick Curry

Tuesday April 4th 2023 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm (UK time) via Zoom

This talk concerns the experience of wonder in and as art. Such moments are precious, usually rare, and notoriously difficult to analyse or discuss. Nevertheless, if we give up any idea of explaining them (which requires disenchanting them) for better understanding them (which honours them), I believe it can be done. We will consider some of the characteristics and dynamics of enchanting art that emerge, including its wildness, and therefore unusability; its concrete magic, which is both subjective (‘psychological’) and objective (‘material’ or ‘physical); and its truth-value, which is existential and metaphoric. Finally, such wonder is not an essence of any kind; it is a relationship.

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Patrick Curry has been a lecturer at the universities of Bath Spa (teaching the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology) and Kent (teaching the MA in the Cultural Study of Cosmology and Divination). He has published books and papers on the history of astrology, the philosophy of divination, the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, and environmental philosophy. In 2019, Patrick’s book Enchantment: Wonder in Modern Life (Floris Books) was published. His new book, Art and Enchantment: How Wonder Works (Routledge), is due to be published in March 2023. Patrick’s website can be accessed here: http://www.patrickcurry.co.uk/

Patrick’s new book can be purchased here: https://www.routledge.com/Art-and-Enchantment-How-Wonder-Works/Curry/p/book/9781032404677


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