Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Matthew McGarvey


Oct. 14, 2013,
7pm to 9pm

Office/Remote Location



The UNLV College of Fine Arts' Department of Art presents the Visiting Artist Lecture Series with Matthew McGarvey

Matthew McGarvey does interdisciplinary theoretical work in the fields of music, art, philosophy, cognitive science and political theory; he also makes sound and video constructions. He received his M.A. in philosophy from Villanova University, and is currently completing his Ph.D. in the Critical Studies and Experimental Practices program in the Department of Music at the University of California, San Diego. His current research deals with a set of inter-related topics. First, he is involved in a synthesis of ecological cognitive scientific theories of perception with post-structuralist analyses of the influence of social praxis upon bodily behavior. In this regard he hopes to show concretely how social practices, as well as technologies and architectures, play a formative role in the immediate patterns of perception, while at the time demonstrating the systematic exclusion of this social and political dimension from scientific discourse. In general, he seeks to integrate these insights into a larger aesthetic theory derived from Theodor Adorno and Gilles Deleuze; in particular, he is investigating specific aesthetic practices revolving around ambient stimuli in social space, including  both “practical” modulations of sound and light by advertising and police agencies, and the varied “artistic” practices leading through soundscape art to ambient electronica. His sound and video work have been shown in galleries in Los Angeles and Rotterdam. 

Matthew McGarvey's bio information was taken from the California Institute of Arts website.

For more information on the Visiting Artist Lecture Series visit, the Marjorie Barrick Museum website.

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