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Martin Heidegger "The Origin of the Work of Art"
For August, we will delve into Heidegger's influential essay covering Art, Truth, and (of course) Being. Below is a link to the reading followed by a brief description of the work and more info about the venue/meetup: "In 'The Origin of the Work of Art' Heidegger explains the essence of art in terms of the concepts of being and truth. He argues that art is not only a way of expressing the element of truth in a culture, but the means of creating it and providing a springboard from which 'that which is' can be revealed. Works of art are not merely representations of the way things are, but actually produce a community's shared understanding. Each time a new artwork is added to any culture, the meaning of what it is to exist is inherently changed... "Whence does the artwork originate? Where does it spring from? And what springs from the work of art itself? For Heidegger, these questions about the origin (der Ursprung) relate the matter of art to truth as aletheia or of art manifest their origin in a special way. Heidegger therefore calls art the becoming of truth, the setting to work of the truth of beings...Heidegger argues that such revelation belongs to every work of art: the work erects a world which in turn opens up a space for man and things; but this distinctive openness rests on something more stable and enduring than any world, i.e., the all-shattering earth. 'World' and 'earth' are not to be subsumed under the categories of form and matter...In a sense, all artwork and thinking are for him participations in the creative strife of world and earth: they reveal beings and let them come to radiant appearance..." • What to bring Light snacks and refreshments will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own food or BYOB. • Important to know We are located in the heart of the East End District at the corner of Wayside Drive and Avenue P (approximately 3 miles south of I-10 or 2.5 miles north of 45). Please do NOT park in the spaces in front of the studio. There is usually plenty of parking space along Avenue P.

Invisible Gallery Houston

1601 N. Wayside Dr. · Houston, TX

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This group is for anyone interested in exploring literature, philosophy, and cinema through occasional film viewings and monthly group discussions that will be centered around classic and contemporary works of (primarily) Western Philosophy, Fiction, and Cinema. We will not only look at the traditional cast of existential characters (Sartre, de Beauvoir, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, Camus, Kafka), but will also be very open to other work within the European philosophical tradition that is derivative of, influential to, or critical towards "existential" philosophy. Special consideration will also be given to works within the "phenomenological" tradition. Join us in this exciting intellectual endeavor! Get ready for fun, riveting, and thoughtful discussions about society, values, faith, spirituality, truth, experience, subjectivity, and existence (of course)...meetings on the third Sunday of every month.

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