Dr. Kyoo Lee, LaGrange College, GA, USA
Kyoo Lee
Humanities II
Moral Philosophy
Postmodernism and its Background
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May 05, 2005, 7:00-8:30pm, Lamar Dodd Art Centre: FATHER (Lead Speakers: Lindsay Behrens and Jared Ragland)
Jared Ragland gave a slide presentation of I AM NOT HIM, his MFA thesis exhibition from Tulane University.  I AM NOT HIM builds upon the themes of reflection and father/son relationships not only in their physical manifestation but also in terms of emotional and theoretical meditation.  Interpreting paradigms and ideas developed by post-modern philosophers including Lacan, Foucault and Barthes, the work explores such significant concepts as subjectivity and objectivity, Lacanian psychoanalyzation, phobia and obsession, and the dominance of the male gaze.  The narrative which unfolds within the body of work - one which traces the devolvement of a high school hero into a misogynistic family man, the source of the artist’s fear of mimesis - sensitively and intelligently relates a very personal story made universal by its employment of objective theory and the anonymity of the subjects. (Synopsis by Jared Ragland)

Apr 28, 2005, 7:00-8:30pm, Hawkes Parlour: EXTREME MODERATION (Lead Speakers: Josh Williams and Ben Arnold)
due to schedule conflicts with some other events, last minute rescheduling has become necessary. Many apologies for the inconvenience. 
Mar 03, 2005, 7:00-8:30pm, Lamar Dodd Art Centre: DOOR (cf. Buddhism, Lead Speaker: Josh Lupo)
The night began with a viewing of the beginning section of the Buddhist film Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring which contained mysterious doors that seemed not to serve a useful purpose. Also viewed was a short film from the fifties about the "doorway" to heaven through a traditional Christian perspective. The dicsussion began with Josh Lupo introducing his thoughts on the topics related to the metaphysical transformation the door represents. From here the group delved into the subject and explored the idea as it related to Freudian psychology, religion, and the door as a means of a barrier in society. After the discusion, it was decided that the topic for next month would be extreme moderation for the next letter E. The discussion is to be lead by Josh Williams and Ben Arnold. (Synopsis by Josh Lupo)
Feb 10, 2005, 7:00-8:30pm, Lamar Dodd Art Centre: CAMERA (Lead Speaker: Ben Arnold)
Ben Arnold led a discussion of the philosophical implications of the ‘camera.’  After a brief review of beauty and possession the group viewed a series of photos taken by the speaker dealing with expression.  In this was discovered the false pretenses of momentary value in the possession of beauty through photography.  Susan Sontag was quoted in saying that “Industrial societies turn their citizens into image-junkies…needing to have reality confirmed and experience enhanced by photographs is an aesthetic consumerism to which everyone is addicted… it is the most irresistible form of mental pollution.”  Then the commentary shifted to possession and objectification of people.  Diane Arbus’ photographs revealed the unavoidable gaze of the other.  Sontag was quoted again saying that “everything exists to end in a photograph.”  Thomas Ruff work was shown as a defiant non-expressive series that reinforces individual existence, a stand against the socialization of the camera.  This then led (by somewhat of a stretch) to Joel-Peter Witkin’s intensely twisted view of society and the requiem for beauty.  Memento mori, which means to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability was an appropriate end note of the presentation which then drifted to photos of each person in the group in the style of Thomas Ruff.  Following their viewing the group chatted around with the ideas and then decided on the next month’s topic. (Synopsis by Ben Arnold)
Dec 02, 2004, 7-8:30pm, 4F Manget: BEAUTY (Lead Speakers: Caitlin Bruggeman and Danny Cairnes)
Nov 04, 2004, 7-8:30pm, 4F Manget: ART (Lead Speaker: Josh Ruffins)

Father and Philosophy Poster (Designed by Jared Ragland)

Door and Philosophy Poster (Designed by Ben Arnold)

Camera and Philosophy Poster (Designed by Ben Arnold)

Beauty and Philosophy Poster

Art and Philosophy Discussion (Synopsis by Peter J. Santoro)

Art and Philosophy Poster

Coming Attractions Poster