MFA Student Keith Tilford at the “Aesthetics of the Generic and Non-Event” Seminar, Wednesday March 18th

A lecture and discussion of how Non-Philosophy and the technical image can shape a contemporary aesthetics.
Presented by Tom McGlynn, discussant Keith Tilford
What constitutes an aesthetics of the generic and how does it pertain to effective visual perception in our current cultural situation of typically overdetermined and mediated language and imagery?
“[T]he generic is capable of supporting a multiplicity of heterogeneous acts or predicates, among other things the thoughts of science and philosophy: the generic is endowed with extension but without totality or singularity, thus under-determined, non-absolute” — François Laruelle from The Generic Orientation of Non-Standard Aesthetics.
Tom McGlynn is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, independent curator and a lecturer at Parsons/The New School. Mr. McGlynn has previously been a visiting artist lecturer at the Mason Gross School of Fine Arts at Rutgers University, NJ. His work is represented in many national and international collections including the Whitney Museum, MoMA, and The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum of the Smithsonian. His art has been reproduced for the cover of Artformum magazine and featured in articles in the New York Times. His critical writing has been published in the Brooklyn Rail, Artwrit and Big, Red, and Shiny. In 2013 he was awarded an Apexart franchise grant to produce “Memphis Social” for Beautiful Fields, a curatorial entity devoted to socially-engaged and site-specific exhibitions, of which he is a founding director.
Keith Tilford is a visual artist and theorist living in NY. He has contributed artwork to Urbanomic’s philosophy journal Collapse, and his writing has appeared in Design Ecologies. He is currently a graduate fellow at the Center for Transformative Media and a co-organizer of the Fixing the Future platform [].
The Center for Transformative Media will be hosting the first of The New Center for Research & Practice’s four part seminar on the aesthetics of the generic. For more information, please visit