A1: The aesthetics of presence and socio-political communication in archaic and classical Greece (7th to 4th Centuries BC)

Project A1 sets out to analyse aesthetic practices in the Greek polities during the 7th through the 4th centuries BC that aimed at producing ‘presence’ in social and political communication, i.e. ‘appearance,’ ‘effect’ and ‘impression.’ For the first time, the question is being addressed systematically to what extent structures of socio-political interaction determined those practices, their function(s) and effects in these commonwealths. At the same time, the project considers how these practices in turn affected the relevant societal dispositions and in what manner they influenced artistic expressions of the time.