Aurélie J Debaene

Aurélie J Debaene
University of Kent | KENT · School of Arts

PhD in History and Philosophy of Art

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Introduction
Aurélie completed her thesis, 'The Aesthetics of Posing', at the University of Kent between 2017 - 2021. She is currently working on papers and a monograph rising from her thesis. Aurélie is connected to the Aesthetics Research Centre, and has taught seminars for all BA years in Art History, Aesthetics, and practice-based Photography.

Publications

Publications (10)
Article
This article explores the compatibility of posing and authenticity in portraiture. Often understood as a source of inauthenticity, I propose that posing in fact functions as an artistic tool that can support a truthful portrayal. My argument first discusses authenticity in relation to portraiture through the lens of Bernard Williams’s idea of “trut...
Article
In this paper, I argue that modelling occupies a curious role in the art making process, and that it constitutes a hybrid art form. Modelling is intriguingly under-research in aesthetics, despite it being a cornerstone of art education and deeply involved in various art practices. It functions both within a supportive role to further the goals of a...
Presentation
Invited talk for the 'Words, Voices, Bodies' workshop 11-12th January 2022, organised by Prof Karen Simecek at the University of Warwick.
Conference Paper
I will be presenting this talk for the first time at the European Society for Aesthetics' Annual Conference in June 2022.
Conference Paper
I presented this paper at the European Society for Aesthetics' Annual Conference in June 2021, as well as the British Society of Aesthetics Annual Conference in September 2021 postponed from 2020 following the covid-19 pandemic. This paper was also accepted at the 2020 9th Dubrovnik Conference on the Philosophy of Art.
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Co-authored with Dominic Blake to accompany the Nina Hamnett Exhibition at Charleston Trust, 19 May - 30 August 2021. Nina Hamnett's work transcends the traditional boundaries between model and artist. Located on both sides of the easel, Hamnett raises existential questions about hte role of the model. Previously detached from the creative proces...
Conference Paper
A later revised version of this paper was presented for the American Society for Aesthetics' Pacific Division meeting in March 2021. A revised version of this paper was presented at the European Society of Aesthetics' 2020 Annual Conference, where it was also nominated for the Fabian Dorsch Essay Prize. A first version was presented in May 2019 at...
Conference Paper
I'm excited to present this talk at the British Society of Aesthetics' Annual Conference in September 2019, St Anne's College, Oxford.
Conference Paper
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In this paper, I explore the act of posing as a skill. Employed by the expert model, it functions as a tool for artistic invention that renders the model a creative agent. It is through an aesthetic investigation of posing that the model’s status in certain contexts of art making can be revised to that of an artistic collaborator.
Conference Paper
This art philosophical paper explores why the act of posing is feared to obscure the sitter’s authentic self in portraiture, and how it interferes in different ways than we might readily assume.

Projects

Projects (2)
Archived project
I was the main curator for this exhibition, organising the materials we needed as well as designing the accompanying mini-catalogue. Using the photographs of Steve Pyke, supported by book excerpts from Hans Maes' 'Conversations on Art and Aesthetics' (2017), the exhibition display will run in the Gallery at Templeman Library from 29th March - 11th May 2018.
Project
PhD Thesis completed at the University of Kent, supervised by Dr Jonathan Friday and Dr Hans Maes.