CHHS Projects 2022: an / æsthetics


An/Aesthetics
A Sculpture Exhibit at Century House Historical Society

“If I am right, some works of art not only make us suggestible, and
with it susceptible, to new values, beliefs, and ideologies, but they
also anaesthetize us against the pain that often attends such
upheavals.”

— David Novitz “The Anaesthetics of Emotion,” in Emotion and the
Arts, edited by Mette Hjort and Sue Laver. New York: Oxford University
Press. 1999.

Opening Friday August 5th 4pm-8pm, 2022

In this, the latest outdoor sculpture exhibit to be held on the grounds of the Century House Historical Society, we wonder…

Can history be understood as a testament to a human capacity for unfeeling? While the history of medical anaesthesia has been well documented and explored, we seek to expand the generative possibilities of an anaesthetic interpretation of human (and
other-than-human) history, and towards this purpose we look to present work that engages with, avoids, supports, repudiates, touches upon, buttresses, undermines … the notion of anaesthesia in all of its diverse and various manifestations: as repetition and trance, hypnosis, the waking dream-state, the numbness of routine, reverie, Hypnos and the domain of sleep, the river Lethe and forgetting, amnesia, oblivion, the intentional protection of the senses (nepsis), asceticism, aestheticism…. In presenting this exhibit, we wonder “How can we pull the un-felt back into the realm of feeling?” We seek work that engages with the notion of salvage — as a rescue attempt — towards the retrieval of the insensible, the redemption of the dismissed, the
recovery of discarded sensibilities.

The An/Aesthetics organizers: Michael Asbill, Jeff Benjamin, Lital Dotan, Maria Elena Ferrer-Harrington, Emilie Houssart

Artists in An/aesthetics:

  • Billy Cancel
  • Michele Clark
  • Renata Del Riego
  • Robert Flottemesch
  • Kayla Gibbons
  • Susan Graham
  • Raphael Griswold
  • Neal Hollinger and Kieren Kinsella
  • Gary Kachadourian
  • Meredith and Harry Kunhardt
  • Tali Levi
  • Thomas Manganero
  • Marko Marila
  • Laura McCallum
  • Matthias Neumann
  • Joel Olzak
  • Elisa Pritzker
  • Ephraim, Kiersten and Raivo Puusemp
  • Molly Rausch
  • Andres San-Millan
  • Greg Slick
  • Robert The
  • Roberta Trentin and Bosch Purvis
  • Suvi Tuominen
  • Peter Lamborn Wilson