TRAC provides a platform for discussion. It does not aspire to establish a single monolithic aesthetic for representational art but to identify commonalities, to help to understand the unique possibilities of representational art, and perhaps provide some illumination about future directions. This year we are especially interested in the relationship between imagination and 21st-century representational art.
Imagination lies at the heart of art. Without it, creativity is impossible. But what is it, how is it employed, and what is its role in representational art? It is a term that everybody celebrates, but it is also (depending on how it is understood) the locus of fundamental disagreements about the nature of the artistic enterprise. This year’s TRAC invites artists and thinkers to reflect together on the imagination’s role in representational art.
We invite submissions on a range of topics related to the imagination, such as:
Can artists be both representational and imaginative?
What is the relationship between 21st-century imaginative realism and movies?
How can imagination be a vehicle of truth in art?
Is imagination simply a mode of subjective expression or can it be a guide to the real?
Graham Harman’s object-oriented ontology
Metaphor and imagination
How is imagination different from fantasy?
What is the relationship between 21st Century representational art and the past?
Pop-surrealism and lowbrow imagination
How is imagination different from creativity?
Critical approaches to science fiction and fantasy art and artists
What is the role of imagination in religious art?
Imagination and the atelier
What are the respective roles of imagination and emotion in art?
Which 21st-century artists have best used the constructive role of imagination in art?
What is the connection between imagination and symbolism in art?
Left brain/right brain: do artists need both?
What are the connections between realism, idealism and imagination in art?
The PreRaphaelite imagination and 21st Century representation
The artist’s eye: how does imagination aid artistic vision?
How does imagination aid the perception of beauty?
We will not accept papers by authors who describe their own artistic work.