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Beauty and ugliness as the origin of empathy
Thu 18 May 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 BST
How do we respond to art – with body, mind or feelings? This performance by Birkbeck’s MFA Theatre Directing students explores the work of aesthetic theorist Vernon Lee (1856-1935) as she experimented with our psycho-physical responses to art. Lee used the newly coined term ‘empathy’ to describe the way we ‘feel into’ objects. After the performance you will have a chance to discuss these issues with Birkbeck’s Carolyn Burdett, who is currently writing a book about the origins of empathy.
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