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Establishing a cosmic womb: Art as consolation for premature primates

Human Evolution Lunchtime Lecture (HELL) series.   Presentation by Prof. Jacob Wamberg from the Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus University.

2015.03.09 | Jessica Hartel

Date Fri 20 Mar
Time 12:00 13:00
Location AIAS, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, Bldg 1632, Conference Room

What was the original meaning of art? Integrating a biocultural perspective, this lecture will argue that art was a magical alleviation of the human birth trauma, the biological circumstance that the baby is driven from the womb in a radically immature state. In an extension of Lacan, culture could generally be understood as a means to re-establish womblike conditions in the outer world, but when language and technol- ogy failed in this function, art as magic took over.

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