Axel Rudolphi

Axel Rudolphi, doctoral student in Aesthetics

How does vulnerability serve as an aesthetic condition and motivation in artistic live performance, especially in performance art? Vulnerability can be seen as a condition that resides in the interface between the presence or absence of agency. It is central to the aesthetics of artistic performances in which the artist’s own authority and control over the outcome of the performance work is inherently or deliberately hindered or incapacitated. My research will draw on links between artistic and ritual performance, as well as the resources from philosophical aesthetics, to develop a broad theoretical account of the role of vulnerability in art making and art appreciation.