2020 Program Sessions

284. Bad Art

12:00 PM–1:15 PM Jan 10, 2020 (US - Pacific)

WSCC - Skagit 4

Session Information

Description: Panelists deal with the borders of aesthetic judgment—the critical approach to and aesthetic standing of texts that are unsuccessful, obnoxious, unintended, and so on. Case studies include Stalinist prose, the Portsmouth Sinfonia (an orchestra whose members had no prior training with their instruments), terrorist literature, the discourse of judgment and intention around visual art, and nonaesthetic documents incorporated into aesthetic texts.


Christopher Chiasson, U of Pittsburgh

Irina Meier, U of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Chris Reeves, U of Illinois, Chicago

Karen Sullivan, U of Queensland

Benjamin Massey Sutcliffe, Miami U, Oxford


Jacob Emery, Indiana U, Bloomington


Julia Vaingurt, U of Illinois, Chicago