Venus as Muse ‚ Figurations of the Creative
Conference ‚ 18.-20.01.2012
In cooperation with
Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften
University of Cologne
„How is Venus born from the sea, how is time born from the noisy heaven? How are forms born from the formless?“ asks French philosopher Michel Serres in „Genesis“, where he relates questions about the genesis of forms from a universal chaos to the figure of Aphrodite|Venus and the creation myth of her birth from the sea. Although Aphrodite|Venus has been worshipped, predominantly, as a beautiful goddess of love, she has also embodied different forms of creativity, such as divine, natural, sexual, and artistic. Accordingly, she does not only incorporate concepts of beauty and love, but figures as a goddess of creativity, sexuality, and fertility and has often been venerated as a muse.
The conference seeks to address concrete cultural figurations of Aphrodite|Venus and the different conceptualizations of creativity these figurations both manifest and transform. These conceptualizations are contoured by way of cultural comparisons with non-Western figurations of creativity - with „Sisters of Venus“ (Joe J. Heydecker).
A special focus lies on different media of representation, such as literature, film, and the visual arts.