Not an Alternative.
Occupied Real Estate 2011.
© The artist.
Tate Modern, Starr Auditorium.
Friday 15 February 2013, 10.00 – 19.00
£20, £14 concessions.
Can art intervene in social relations? What are the implications of involving art and its audiences in an ethical problem? And how do such practices relate to art’s social institutions? This symposium examines the turn towards participatory and collaborative art forms and the ethical questions that raises.
Featuring a keynote by Professor Shannon Jackson and contributions from Wafaa Bilal, Not an Alternative, Wochenklausur, Ztohoven, Renzo Martens, Gavin Grindon and Anja Kanngeiser.
The symposium will be followed by film screenings by the day’s speakers.
Initiated by Adventures of Seeing and the Visual and Material Culture Research Centre, Kingston University.
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We are delighted to announce that the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) has awarded Interiors the title of Best New Journal during their annual award ceremony, which took place at the Modern Language Association convention, in Seattle earlier this month. We are truly thrilled that the journal has received such an accolade and would like to take this opportunity to thank the editors, contributors and subscribers for all helping to make this journal a success.
The Judges comments:
The judges distinguished Interiors as particularly exceptional and praised the journal for making “a lasting mark on the interdisciplinary study of interior design theory.”
They commented on the articles’ “cultural implications well beyond the traditional borders of the discipline” and expressed admiration for “the visuals as well as the text regarding spatial relationships, social attitudes, and design.”
“The writing [is] focused and accessible to the lay person as well as architects…. the printed publication offered [attractive] visuals illustrating salient issues and spoke to the historical reflection of structure as a symbol of culture, community, and personality.”
Nick Tromans (Art & Design History / Surveying & Planning) has recently published a new book on the Victorian painter Richard Dadd, one of the most extraordinary figures of nineteenth-century art.
Richard Dadd: The Artist and the Asylum Tate Publishing 2011
A brilliant young painter specialising in romantic literary subjects – especially Shakespearean fairies – Dadd toured the Middle East in the 1840s, bringing home sketchbooks full of exquisite drawings. But he then fell victim to a psychotic mental illness, killed his father and spent the remaining decades of his life in Bethlem Hospital and then Broadmoor.
The book includes much new material on Dadd, including the long poem the artist wrote to explain what has become his most famous painting, The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke, which he painted for a member of staff at Bethlem. This fantasically complex image incorporates a large cast of characters, beginning with Shakespeare’s Queen Mab who spends her time galloping about planting dreams in sleepers’ minds. In the detail from the picture shown here, the tiny figures of Mab and her elaborate retinue (who include a risqué French dancer whom Dadd remembered from the London stage of the 1830s) process leftwards along the bizarrely elongated brim of a hat worn by a character identified by the artist as “the Patriarch”.
Nick’s book has been widely reviewed in the press and has led to some interesting lecturing invitations, including one from English Touring Opera who have staged Purcell’s Fairy Queen in a mental hospital with sets inspired by Dadd’s paintings.
On 1 December, Tate Britain, who own the Fairy Feller, will be hosting an evening of discussion around Dadd’s work, led by Nick and the historian of medicine Mike Jay: http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/eventseducation/talks/24959.htm
For a copy of this exciting new book see: