Masoud Olia

Scholar (Philosophy of Art) & Translator, Iran

Masoud Olia is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy of Art at the University of Art in Tehran, Iran. Phenomenology, in particular phenomenology of art and ethics, has been one of Masoud main interests. During his PhD studies he worked on the phenomenological ethics of Emmanuel Levinas and he wrote a book about it under the name of Discovering the Other with Levinas in his native language, Persian. In addition, Masoud Olia has translated some of important texts of the phenomenological movement (including Herbert Spiegleberg’s The Phenomenological Movement,Hannah Arendt’s The Life of the Mind and The Human Condition, Emmanuel Levinas’ Existence and Existents, and Colin Davies Levinas: An Introduction) into  Persian. In recent years, he has focused on the phenomenological aesthetics, particularly that of Mikel Dufrenne. Masoud has delivered numerous courses and speeches in this area.

Temporal Dimensions of Painting, A Phenomenological Account

Traditionally, painting as an art form was/is classified under the category of spatial arts versus temporal arts. However, we know today that the rigor dichotomy is open to question. Phenomenology shows us that each art form has both temporal and spatial  dimensions in its own way. Mikel Dufrenne, French art phenomenologist, has a lot of things to say about it. Drawing on his phenomenological insights on the aesthetic experience of painting and its structural moments, Masoud Olia will show in this research in what ways time and temporality appear in painting, in particular that form of temporality which is immanent in painting.