TAB 2019

TAB Conference Programme: Symposium

Beauty Matters. Just Like Love, It’s Real


Tallinn Creative Hub / Kultuurikatel

The 2-day symposium is geared for architects of all ages, from Estonia and abroad, and for the general public, who particularly interested in culture, and wish to catch up with the now in different disciplines, such as architecture, neuroscience, neuroaesthetics, poetry, mathematics, artificial intelligence, and related digital technologies to these fields.  The list of participants includes distinguished scholars, and leading architects and designers. 

The experience of beauty is similar, in architecture, poetry, mathematics, music, or the arts.  It is characterized by qualities such as elegance, profundity, originality, clarity, seriousness, significance, ambiguity, and the list go on.  It is quite striking to reveal how significant visual thinking is for intuition and good design, how subjectivity lead us a long way in creative activity, and how beauty is related to all of that.

The symposium aims at genuine interdisciplinary debates. Different panels will discuss why beauty matters today, how come it was dormant for about eighty years, and will reflect on new buds of beauty in architecture. 

Ron Aharoni

Ron Aharoni is an Israeli mathematician, who has, over the years, made forays into several other fields. He taught and instructed teachers in elementary school, and a book describing his experiences there, “Arithmetic for Parents”, has been translated into many languages. He also published poetry and short stories, and wrote two books on poetry: “Mathematics, Poetry and Beauty”, and “Man Detaches Meaning” – the latter on techniques common to jokes and poetry. In another book, “The Cat that is Not There”, he offers a non-philosophical view of philosophy. 

Graham Harman

Graham Harman is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He is the author of numerous books, most recently Object-Oriented Ontology: A New Theory of Everything (2018) and Speculative Realism: An Introduction (2018). Harman has lectured in thirty-nine countries, and his writings have been translated into twenty-one languages. Along with being one of the founding members of the Speculative Realism and Object-Oriented Ontology movements, he is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Open Philosophy, Speculative Realism series editor at Edinburgh University Press, and (with Bruno Latour) Co-Editor of the New Metaphysics series at Open Humanities Press.

Maria Lee

Maria Lee graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in 2008 as a dramaturge and has worked a significant time of her life in theatre; recently she acquired the vocation of print technology and is presently working in a print house, also doing some graphic design. Amongst other things, Maria Lee is an Estonian poetess. She has published two books of poetry and as a poet, has been silent for many years. She’s developing her third book, searching for space and aesthetics that would make sense for her in the rapidly changing and malforming time.