Professor Kaminski gave lecture

On Thursday, Jan 8, 2015, in the main amphitheater, Assistant Prof. Dr. Joseph Kaminski gave a presentation about the connections between art and music, and political events throughout the past 400 years of Western European history.  His main point was that one can notice stylistic changes in both the form and content of works of art/music and how often these changes reflect their contemporary historical conditions. For example, in the presentation, it was discussed how hierarchical, socially rigid, and religious the Baroque area was in general, and how the music and art both demonstrated high levels of structure, counterpoint, and generally stable levels of loudness. 

On the other hand, the 20th century was characterized by wars, alienation, and a general breakdown of the traditional social order, which can be seen in general dissonance and thematic content of surrealism, abstract expressionism, and 12 tone serial musical composition.  Prof. Kaminski ended the lecture by posing one of the great questions of aesthetics to his audience, ‘Does life shape art or does art shape life?’