“Makings of the Sea”

| November 4, 2010

If we follow the light of Albert Camus and use the sea as a metaphor, we explore how “aesthetics inhabit and define the Mediterranean as a common cultural horizon founded on difference.” Maltese-born author  John Badacchino provides a wonderfully rich and inspiring talk on Makings of the Sea: Journey, Doubt, and Nostalgia (Gorgias Press, 2010), the first volume in a new series on Mediterranean Aesthetics  and the launch of a new book series, Mediterranea, which Dr. Baldacchino is editing with John Chircop from the University of Malta. He helps us understand the complexities, diversities, paradoxes, and value(s) of this fascinating culture using a wide spectrum — literature, film, art, and music, to name but a few mediums. Dr. Baldacchino raises consciousness of our human identity – who we are, not what we are — drawing parallels in his talk with Chineseness, a theme reflected in Dialectal Dialectic: An Exhibition of Alternative Practices of Contemporary Art within Chinese Speaking Regions , recently shown in Macy Gallery.

John Baldacchino is Associate Professor of Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He was also member of Faculty at Gray’s School of Art in Scotland and at the University of Warwick in England. He writes on the visual arts, aesthetics, critical and cultural theory, philosophy of art and education and political theory. His publications include Post Marxist Marxism (1996); Easels of Utopia: Art’s Fact Returned (1998), Avant-Nostalgia: An Excuse to Pause (2002), Education Beyond Education: Self and the Imaginary in Maxine Greene’s Philosophy (2008) and Art’s Way Out (forthcoming).

Referencing Our Book Talk: Makings of the Sea, with John Baldacchino, on Wednesday, 10/27

Video by Hua-Chu Yen, TC Office of the Web