On Sympathy: A one-off occasion hosted by Isabel Lewis as part of the Classical Now exhibition
April 06, 2018
King's College London
Isabel Lewis, Brooke Holmes, Chiara Cappelletto, Michael Squire
Overview

Berlin-based artist Isabel Lewis hosted an occasion in the Bush House Arcade of King's College London on April 6, 2018. Esther Choi was invited as one of four performer / discussants in Lewis's 2.5 hour-long immersive, multi-sensory, ecological experiment in the cultivation of conditions for working through, collectively, the questions of living well and living together.

On Sympathy: A one-off occasion hosted by Isabel Lewis as part of the Classical Now exhibition

We tend to think of sympathy as a relation between persons. But in the fourth century BC, Greek philosophers started to talk about sympathy as something diffused throughout the world, affecting human and non-human bodies alike. What is at stake in expanding our own concepts of sympathy today, beyond communities imagined in human terms? In doing so, what kind of relation do we open up with the past and those long dead? How do these experiments in sympathy affect, in turn, how we come to be with one another – our living in shared space? And in what ways might these questions help us, according to the rallying cry of the Art History Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting, to “look out!”?

In conjunction with the video installation, Liquid Antiquity: Conversations, by Brooke Holmes, Berlin-based artist Isabel Lewis hosted an occasion in the Bush House Arcade of King's College London on April 6, 2018. Esther Choi was invited as one of four performer / discussants in Lewis's 2.5 hour-long immersive, multi-sensory, ecological experiment in the cultivation of conditions for working through, collectively, the questions of living well and living together.

Along with Lewis, the participants included Brooke Holmes (Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities, Princeton University), Chiara Cappelletto (Assistant Professor of Aesthetics , University of Milan), Michael Squire (Reader in Classical Art, King’s College London), and Esther Choi.

"On sympathy" was organised together with Michael Squire and Brooke Holmes. The event formed part of the exhibition, The Classical Now, which took place during the 2018 Association for Art History Conference Festival.

Links

On Sympathy, Kings College London, April 6, 2018

The Classical Now, Somerset House and Bush House, King's College London, March 2 –April 28, 2018

Liquid Antiquity: Conversations, Benaki Museum, Greece, April 4 - September 9, 2017