In relation to the exhibition The Power of Passage, currently on show at Reykjavik Art Museum - Hafnarhús, Hafþór Yngvason Museum Director and curator and philosopher Nickolas Pappas will bring up an open philosophical dialogue relating to its main subject, time.
As the title suggests, the exhibition Power of Passage explores the forces of transition. All of the artworks presented involve progression and change. They are the outcome of impersonal and indeterminate processes that the artists use to transform their materials from one state into another. The final forms the works take are unpredictable, as the artists allow the dynamic chemical reactions of the materials to work on their own, largely without interference of the artists’ own hands. The attention is on the progression of the transformation itself. The artworks that we see in the exhibition are manifestations of the processes and they are marked by the time involved.
Nick Pappas is Associate Professor of Philosophy at City College of New York. In 1987 he graduatied with Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University. Recently published books and articles The Routledge Guidebook to Plato and the Republic, 2nd edition, London, Routledge, 2003; The Nietzsche Disappointment, Lanham, Rowman & Littlefield, 2005; "Plato's Aesthetics," Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (online reference work); and "Fashion Seen as Something Imitative and Foreign," The British Journal of Aesthetics 48 (2008): 1-19.
The event will take place in English and is held in collaboration with the Institute of Philosophy, University of Iceland.