Jorge Otero-Pailos, director of GSAPP’s Historic Preservation Program, speaks with Aron Vinegar, Professor of Art History in the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo, Norway.
His main areas of interest and publication include: modern architecture, design, and preservation; the intersections of art history, visual studies, theory, and aesthetics; and philosophical approaches to art and architecture. These domains of inquiry are driven by two intersecting constellations of concern: habit and the ‘unthought’, and issues of suspended judgment, ontological indifference, and self-preservation.
As the COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally disrupts our habits, Aron Vinegar reflects on how habits define our understanding of ourselves, our cultures and the heritage we preserve. Given our inability to keep matter, like viruses, from getting into our out of our bodies, Vinegar suggests that we need to rethink our ideas about bodies as different from their environments, objects as separate from subjects, and tangible heritage as distinct from intangible heritage.
Source by Columbia GSAPP