Chaired by Professor Rebecca Fortnum
Middlesex UniversitySpeakers Margaret Carlyle
Cambridge University Professor Tina Chanter
Kingston University Jessica Voorsanger
UCA University of the Creative Arts
A chaired panel of 3 speakers will expand and explore abstract notions around being, knowing, identity, time and space, giving a major contribution on the contemporary discourse of these enduring questions. The evening will also include poetry and performances by SLWA artists Joan Byrne,Liz Atkin and Léonie Cronin followed by a drinks reception.
Rebecca Fortnum is an artist, writer, and a scholar. She has conducted academic research and written extensively about artistic practice, especially the practice of contemporary women artists. Her visual art practices include painting, drawing, printmaking, and curating. She was a Reader in Fine Art at the CCW, University of the Arts, London and is currently Professor of Fine Art at Middlesex University. She will edit the peer-reviewed Journal of Contemporary Painting published by Intellect from 2014. Publications include Contemporary British Women Artists, In Their Own Words and On Not Knowing, How Artists Think which she co-edited with Lizzie Fisher.
Skeletons on the closet of medical science
presentation by Margaret CarlyleHuman skeletons achieved new currency in eighteenth-century anatomy, gaining value as curiosities and commodities, as well as pedagogical and experimental objects. This was on top of their traditional role as purveyors of human mortality and earthly processes of decay. Margaret Carlyle will focus on the emergence in this period of anatomical atlases featuring idealised human skeletons and their roles as objects of curiosity and education. She will talk on one particular atlas, The Anatomy of the Human Bones, and its mid-century translation from English into French by a very fascinating and little-known woman named Mme Thiroux d’Arconville. She will discuss her role in overseeing the artists who drew and engraved the skeleton illustrations including the skeleton of a female and why Mme d’Arconville chose to publish her edition under a male protector’s name knowing that, as a female author in the medical sciences, her work would not be taken seriously otherwise.
Perceptions acquire a rigidity that comes to light only when they break into pieces, only when they shatter. We just do not realize, most of the time, how hemmed in we are by them, these ways the world presents itself to us. And then, one day, as Achebe, following Yeats, puts it, things fall apart. With such dislocations, the knowledge that, as it turns out, this fluff, this cotton wool, this unspecifiable environment, this atmosphere, held together, comes tumbling down. Who would have known it was so important? This all too vague, ineffable gauze, this finely woven, all but transparent fabric of the world.
Tina Chanter’s talk will draw on the work of philosopher Jacques Rancière, who looks at the possibility of art re-framing the world and performing a political function.
Beyond Disguise Jessica VoorsangerArtist Jessica Voorsanger challenges the relationship between audience and artist and examines obsession and celebrity culture in her practice and research. By impersonating and disguising as celebrated pop icons she scrutinizes mass communication, popular culture and identity through photography, performance and portrait painting. Recent work explores a more personal narrative, using subversive humour which contemplates nostalgia, memory and trauma.
Finders Keepers Losers Weepers programme of events
Art Trail Exhibition4 Nov 2014 to 28 Feb 2015 10am-5pm daily
Private View Thu 6 Nov 2014 6.30-8.30pm, Brockway Room
Educational WorkshopsWed 12 & 19 Nov 2014 10am-12pm & 1-3pm, Brockway Room
Art School & DJ Vinyl Party Sat 22 Nov 2014 mid-day-8pm
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