Katya Mandoki


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Katya Mandoki initiated the systematic study of everyday aesthetics (1994, 2006, 2007) focusing upon ordinary social interactions through both positive and negative aesthetic categories from a  pragmatist, semiotic and  evolutionary perspective. She published on these subjects The Indispensable Excess  of the Aesthetic: Evolution of Sensibility in Nature (2015),  (El indispensable exceso de la estética (2013)  Everyday Aesthetics; Prosaics, Social Identities and the Play of Culture (2007) , La construcción estética del Estado y de la identidad nacional (2007)Estética cotidiana y juegos de la cultura (2006)Prácticas estéticas e identidades sociales (2007) , Estética y comunicación (2006) and Prosaica; introducción a la estética de lo cotidiano (1994) .

Mandoki studied philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Visual Arts at the San Carlos Academy,  as well as a Ph.D. at the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She contributed more than 150 articles to academic journals  presenting papers  at  aesthetics and semiotics conferences in various  countries. Founder  and president (2007-2011) of Asociación Mexicana de Estudios en Estética,  member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, researcher at the National System of Research  since 1995,  delegate at Executive Committee of the International Association for Aesthetics , and   member of the International Editorial Board of  various academic journals on aesthetics , culturedesign and semiotics. Mandoki  is  professor and researcher  at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana since 1980. She received First National Prize in experimental Art for  Histogram monumental installation 1985  and Tale of a Child, audiovisual 1982   by the National Institute of Fine Arts exhibiting in  museums and galleries in Mexico and abroad since 1978. Her  work Histogram: Income distribution in Mexico is permanently exhibited at the Library Plaza of UAM Xochimilco campus.