Lecture: Art through the eyes of… David Brunel

The Fondation has adapted its educational program currently on hold due to the pandemic.
The lectures “Art through the eyes of…” have been filmed.
At these lectures, we invite philosophers, sociologists or historians to explore our exhibitions and enlighten us with their personal views. Their analyses offer a cross-disciplinary approach to art.

Lecture: Art through the eyes of… David Brunel

David Brunel is a writer and a photographer.
He is also Doctor in philosophy aesthetics and psychoanalytic studies.
Through the lecture, David Brunel gives his perspective and thoughts on the exhibition “My cartography: the Erling Kagge collection”.

The 40 minutes lectures has been devided in three parts.
It is held in French but English subtitles are available by clicking on the “CC” button of the vimeo player.


First part: Art as a compass, duration : 12 min
In this first part, he reacts to the statement of the collector Erling Kagge for whom art takes on the role of a compass. Moreover, he also exposes Paul Klee’s “parable of the tree”. This parable explains in a very poetic way what art is, what the artist is, and what the artwork is.

Second part: Art as an experience, 16 min
In this second part, David Brunel begins by recalling some specific features of contemporary art among which its plurality. He explains why he finds contemporary art to be extremely benevolent, an invitation to make a personal interpretation, which requires a sustained personal commitment.
To illustrate his point, he shares his experience in front of the work Elles [Them] by Birgit Megerle (2018), who brought forth very personal associations and sensations, which belong precisely to the aesthetic experience itself.

Thrid part: Giving meaning, 14min
Recalling the tendency of humans to seek meaning in the face of something they do not know, David Brunel invites us to accept, in the face of a contemporary work, an initial non-knowledge and to take the time to initiate our own metaphor. After a first sensory contact, we have to draw on our imagination – in a playful way or from a personal background – to find what the work can become for us.

Thus, the Erling Kagge collection becomes a dictionary which would contain words which do not exist;
it’s up to everyone to find their own definitions …