Tiziana Andina (Turin, Bonn): Embodied Meanings and Normativity. For a new concept of art


The contemporary art world – namely, the current artistic and cultural situation, which emerged at the beginning of the Twentieth century – has led to a process of profound rethinking of the relationship between art and law. This relationship is inherent in the very concept of art and is as old as the history of the arts. In particular, the relationship between art and law, as it has structured itself from the beginning of the Twentieth century, has two vital functions – one of which is intrinsic to the concept of art, the other being extrinsic – the understanding of which is essential to investigate the contemporary art world.

The aim of this talk is to close the gap between contemporary and, so to speak, traditional arts. My view is that this gap was produced due to the lack of comprehension that both the experts and common sense have of so-called contemporary arts. Within the field of descriptive metaphysics, my goal is that of drawing a broad definition of the notion of art, one that also includes all types of artworks that have called for a revision of our taxonomies, mainly through a reconsideration of the relation between art and reality. In order to achive this goal, I will briefly present the theoretical problems addressed by philosophy when reflecting on contemporary art, and I will explain the reason why these problems need cooperation between philosophy and law in order to be tackled.

I will then present some ideas for a new definition of art, through a particular application of the concept of normativity. 

Prof. Dr. Tiziana Andina


Curriculum Vitae

Tiziana Andina studied philosophy at the University of Turin. In 2003 she received her PhD with a thesis entitled “Friedrich Nietzsche e l’estetica della percezione indiretta” (2004, “Friedrich Nietzsche and the Aesthetics of the indirect perception”) at the University of Palermo. Since 2015 she is Associate Professor at the Department for Philosophy of the University of Turin. Professor Andina was a visiting scholar at Columbia University from 2008 to 2009 and a visiting professor and scholar at Saint-Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO) in 2014. Her research interests focus on the fields of Theoretical Philosophy, Philosophy of Art, as well as on Ontology and Aesthetics. Since March 2015, Tiziana Andina is Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”.