Art and Philosophy: What Happens Next?

Next DUST Event (in partnership with ACW MA programme)

In the past decade the relationship between art and philosophy has undergone significant changes. In particular, the nebulous strand of philosophy known as speculative realism started to appear more and more on the radar of working artists, curators, and theorists. However, as with all new developments we have started to witness recent attempts to critically examine this emergence.


In this event we invite Pete Wolfendale and Rob Jackson, two philosophers associated with these speculative philosophies, to take stock and reflect on the nature of this relationship, but also to provide insights into where they believe it is now going. Responses will be given by artist Teresa Gillespie and Rebecca O’Dwyer (writer and PhD student, Visual Culture, NCAD). To finish we will have an open debate allowing the local community to provide their own input into the nature of this dynamic.


Time: December 6th (2013) 4pm-6pm

Harry Clarke Theatre, NCAD, Dublin 8art+phil_small_web


Dublin Unit For Speculative Thought Project (A Guest Post by Caoimhe Doyle)

Caoimhe Doyle #8Image: Caoimhe Doyle

For her final year exhibition in Visual Communication at the National College of Art and Design, Caoimhe Doyle took the documentation of DUST as her project. As part of this she designed business cards, a website, and a book of proceedings (with a dust jacket) from our Weaponising Speculation conference and exhibition which were held in March of this year. As well as all of this Caoimhe has been DUST’s resident photographer for our events this year. We are immensely grateful for all her hard work, vision and support. Below is a design rationale for her project and some images–DUST

Caoimhe Doyle #2Image: Albert Hooi and Zoe McGovern

This project is the culmination of 3 months of documentation, research and design. It is two part. One, branding, business cards and a website for DUST. Two, a book of proceedings from DUST’s signature event Weaponising Speculation.

Caoimhe Doyle #3Image: Albert Hooi and Zoe McGovern

Overall, the design, by incorporating a sense of movement and transformation, aims to reflect the ever changing and developing nature of speculation – and by extension DUST.

Caoimhe Doyle #4Image: Albert Hooi and Zoe McGovern

The logo is a stream of dust particles – or thought, consciousness, slime, bacteria, etc. forming the word DUST.

Caoimhe Doyle #5Image: Caoimhe Doyle

The 112 page Weaponising Speculation book aims to be more than just a collection of essays, but also a documentation of the event as a whole and an attempt to create something that both those present at the event and those who missed it would want to own – and hopefully bring something new to both sets of readers.

SONY DSCImage: Caoimhe Doyle

SONY DSCImage: Caoimhe Doyle

The cover is intentionally difficult to look at – indicative  of the challenging, unorthodox nature of the content–Caoimhe Doyle

Caoimhe Doyle #1Image: Albert Hooi and Zoe McGovern