Keith Owens's scientific contributions

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The paper attempts to discuss cultural education and aesthetic production using technologies that do not limit or over-influence them. It is part of the collaborative activities of Technological Educational Institute of Greece with European Schools of Design through Socrates/Erasmus programmes. The unique feature of this project and the case study...
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In this essay we are talking about the style of Christian visual art that is commonly called conographic. This is a living tradition. It has been strongly preserved in the Eastern tradition of the Church of which there are a number of different, authentic styles, still produced today and all of which correspond essentially to what might be broadly...
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Conference proceedings: chapters and papers from an international conference held at Liverpool Hope University 5th–8th June 2007. This was a wide-ranging inter-disciplinary conference which encouraged submissions from three general strands of study including; those subjects which have enjoyed a substantial history of involvement in the field such a...
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The themes of this keynote lecture were presented through a set of images, questions and commentary. This paper is therefore offered, not as an academic paper, but annotations on elements of the visual presentation. A reading list of texts which informed the lecture is included. The focus of the keynote lecture was my personal experiences as a teac...
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Lee Miller’s photographs of the liberation of the concentration camps taken at Dachau and Buchenwald in April 1945 not only stand as historical records of the Holocaust, documenting the horrors and atrocities of the Second World War, they also contain a sense of aestheticism that makes them comparable to the war art of artists such as Pablo Picasso...
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Quite by coincidence the timeliness of this theme has been brought home to me on several occasions over the past weeks. It wasn’t so long ago that a hairdressing saloon opened just up the road from where I live in York. It is an up-market establishment with the unlikely name of “Face, Etc”. What is striking, though, is that it has in big letters on...
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There is an expression in Persian culture saying that “truth is bitter” and by truth in this expression they mean the underlying reality before it is modified by effects of anticipation, pretence, or politeness. Due to its bitter taste, one can imagine that truth can hardly be described as beautiful. In addition, the concept of beauty is commonly a...
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The conference is over, the book is written, now the work of thinking aesthetics anew begins. Before the conference it seemed obvious that aesthetics would be a slippery word since it tended to shift unpredictably between academic, professional and everyday uses. As an academic discipline aesthetics stretches from the dawn of Greek philosophy to th...
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Spiritual exercises which have been explicitly linked to philosophy have played a role in the formation of Western selves since early Greek culture. ‘Spiritual’ here denotes a concern with the entirety of one’s existence rather than a specifically religious concept, and this is not philosophy understood as confined to ‘academic’ purposes in a narro...
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This paper is divided into two sections: the first section discusses how the Olympic Art Competitions were created by Baron Pierre de Coubertin at the beginnings of the Modern Olympic Movement. The second section discusses the reasons for the International Olympic Committee to set an end to the Art Contests. Furthermore it displays which ideas the...
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Art and social critic Hal Foster (2002) once suggested that much cultural autonomy — Kraus’s (1912) ‘running room’ (Spielraum) — has collapsed into a world where “everything from jeans to genes seems to be regarded as so much design” (17). For Foster, this ‘total design’ has co-opted the semi-autonomy of art and architecture and placed society in a...
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To avoid misunderstandings, I will begin (by way of preface) with three notes, commenting briefly on two topics — central to the key concepts of this conference — on which this presentation does not bear. First, I recognise the importance of (broadly) aesthetic consideration in many areas outside art (and perhaps outside the scope of philosophical...
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Reporting on an international conference held at Liverpool Hope University 5th – 8th June 2007. This was a wide-ranging inter-disciplinary conference which encouraged submissions from three general strands of study including; those subjects which have enjoyed a substantial history of involvement in the field such as Theology and Philosophy, those r...
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Poetry written and performed by John Lindley: THE THIS AND THAT RANT it’s mobile phones and mobile phones in the cot, in the car, in the grave, in our bones it’s Millennium Bugs and Millennium Domes it’s replicate, duplicate, send in the clones. EARLYS AND LATES As a kid I never really understood what Dad did, leaving early on a 3-speed Raleigh,...
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Sport has been a subject for visual artists from the representation of athletes on Greek vases to contemporary public sculpture. For example, with regard to the latter, The Spirit of Sport is a recently completed piece of public art dedicated to the sporting community of the northern UK town of Bolton. A 30 meters high stainless steel structure, it...
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On first encounter, the relationship between management and aesthetics might seem somewhat tenuous. After all, management is concerned with strategy, projects, trajectories, staff; with marketing and sales, with accounting and the control of budgets. Business schools, it seems, deal with business analysis and with the functional aspects of manageme...
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Poetry is, arguably, the most aesthetic of literary forms. To a greater degree than the prose writer, the poet engages with and manipulates the aesthetic and linguistic possibilities associated with syntagmatic and paradigmatic axes - that is, the way in which words are structured on the page and the selection of words from a set of all its inflect...
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At a certain point in the late 20th century the word “aesthetics” withdrew from active service in the theoretical vocabulary of art. It had become both too universal and too particular. Too universal in that everything had become aesthetic, sport, management, theology, and so nothing was more aesthetic than anything else, not even art. Too particul...
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Since the mid-1990s there has been a development towards acknowledging the value of practical knowledge and individual experience in archaeology in recent years. With the aim of gaining an understanding of individual agency and experience of the past, some theorists have begun to appropriate contemporary art practice and aesthetics. This calls for...
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It is my intention in this paper to present a point of theological conversation with the literature of Virginia Woolf, yet one which, significantly, is enacted through, is made possible through, a shared sense of the aesthetic dimension of human experience; our desire to interpret and create meaning for the world we live in, and our awareness of th...
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The most interesting part of this paper falls at the close where I have set down a poem written by Edmund Cusick. Until his untimely death in January of this year, Edmund taught ‘imaginative writing’ at John Moores University in Liverpool, so he was a Liverpudlian of a kind. My aim in this paper is to provide a context in terms of which we can read...
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This file contains the preliminary information in the 2008 book publication supporting the conference The Turn to Aesthetics in June 2007 including: Cover art details - Book Prelims - Contents - Acknowledgements - Notes on Contributors… Appendix - Conference Poster - Conference schedule: speakers and abstracts (June 2007)
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At the end of the conference that spawned this volume, the editors expressed to me the hope that the volume would accurately reflect that conference which, as they rightly noted, had been marked by a willingness to look optimistically across one’s disciplinary fences, and commitment to engaging with the concerns of others, while recognising the com...
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This paper is divided into two sections: the first section discusses how the Olympic Art Competitions were created by Baron Pierre de Coubertin at the beginnings of the Modern Olympic Movement. The second section discusses the reasons for the International Olympic Committee to set an end to the Art Contests. Furthermore it displays which ideas the...
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More and more these days it is asked whether aesthetics is still possible. A question that, given the context and phrasing, seems to direct us towards its answer. Conferences and meetings, books and journal specials examine the issue of aesthetics, talk about rediscovery or return of aesthetics. Well known philosophers and aestheticians underscore...
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This paper will consider the role of the arts in a hospital context through an investigation of their aesthetic, psychological, affective and physical effects. It may be useful as an introduction to provide a summary of the context in which the arts for health movement operates through an investigation of changes taking place in both the art world...
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Neil Campbell is a classical guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and composer. As a solo guitarist he has produced three albums of original music; Through the Looking Glass, Night Sketches, and Fall. During postgraduate studies in musical composition at Liverpool Hope University, he began to develop a body of generative music compositions. His group T...
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Playing with aesthetics This paper will propose that Theatre for Development (TfD) needs a radical overhaul of its aesthetics of participation if it is to make an effective, resistant response to the world of neoliberal instrumentalism in which it currently operates. It is further contended that the required change of direction must be guided by a...
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We were very fortunate to have Neil perform his music live during the conference and I know it was very well received by all. For those in the audience who are interested in all things aesthetical there are many lines of debate concerning the appreciation of live performance, composition and style – in music and poetry. For these reasons David Tore...
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The conference is over, the book is written, now the work of thinking aesthetics anew begins. Before the conference it seemed obvious that aesthetics would be a slippery word since it tended to shift unpredictably between academic, professional and everyday uses. As an academic discipline aesthetics stretches from the dawn of Greek philosophy to th...
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The notion of repatriation, which serves here as a metaphor for the general argument I wish to defend, is bound up with a few basic implications. First, there must be such a thing like a ‘homeland’. In the present context, this homeland is obviously the environment as the sum of whatever surrounds us. This includes not only natural surroundings, bu...
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Poetry written and performed by John Lindley: THE THIS AND THAT RANT it’s mobile phones and mobile phones in the cot, in the car, in the grave, in our bones it’s Millennium Bugs and Millennium Domes it’s replicate, duplicate, send in the clones it’s Star Wars 12 at the Multiplex it’s unspecial films sold on special effects it’s physical jerks and...
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This paper will consider the role of the arts in a hospital context through an investigation of their aesthetic, psychological, affective and physical effects. It may be useful as an introduction to provide a summary of the context in which the arts for health movement operates through an investigation of changes taking place in both the art world...

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... No baby: the Olympic Arts Competition used to be a medalled event, for entrants in Fine Arts, music, literature, sculpture, architecture and the like, but was rejected in 1948 (Wassong, et al., 2008). If the Olympic experience had anything special to claim it may be that this educative and artistic dimension of human endeavour was recognised formally in its rewards and status. ...
... Around his upper body the scaffolding is largely removed permitting Busby to emerge as rebuilt and restored, new in some way as his true exterior form is again recognisable as 'the man'. Thombs and Palmer (2008) discuss the scaffold analogy as it may be applied by the sports psychologist whilst athletes are rehabilitating after injury or embarking upon restorative coaching in their bid to return to athletic form. In this case the scaffold of support may be the social, psychological and physical rebuilding of a person or a team, until they can stand independently and present themselves and their performance to the world. ...