RCA, London, 25 May 2018

RCA | ABSURDITY: COLOURING IN THE VOID

ABSURDITY: COLOURING IN THE VOID With Ed Atkins, Katrina Palmer, Sally O’Reilly and Kit Downes and Sarah Jones (Chair). This event has been organised by the SoAH Research Group ABSURDITY led by Chantal Faust, with Brian Dillon, Tim O’Riley, Joanne Tatham, Edward Thomasson, and Milly Thompson. Absurdity: Colouring in the Void will focus on the importance of absurdity today in the work of Ed Atkins, Sally O’Reilly and Katrina Palmer.

When Albert Camus penned his philosophy of the absurd in 1942, he wrote that the role of the artist is to ‘give the void its colours’. This is quite a beautiful notion, but how do we colour-in nothingness, openness, or a vacuum? Is it a question of finding meaning in the meaningless, or in what lies beyond the possibility of total certainty: a question of not explaining and solving, but experiencing and describing? To recognise absurdity is to call present reality into question.Exemplified by the Dadaists, the embodiment of absurdity continues to be called upon by artists and writers as a response to global anxiety and inanity. Absurdity: Colouring in the Void will consider the importance of absurdity – and its relation to humour, repetition, subjectivity, endurance, failure, play, irony and revolt – as a subversive tool, a disarming force, and a form of protest.

Schedule

  • Fri 9 November 2018

    The Artist Run Multiverse Summit | Day 1

    The Artist Run Multiverse Summit brings together artists and artist run spaces and projects from the UK and Europe to think, talk, eat and sleep together and consider what artist run space is today, what artist run space might have once been, but no longer is, and what it might be in the future. Eastside Projects has invited five spaces, platforms or projects – Kunsthal Gent, Pallas Projects, Rabbits Road Press, Transmission Gallery and The White Pube – to frame this collective, public discussion. The two-day Summit is intended as a starting point for conversation, addressing the environments and ecologies we operate within, the function of artist-run space and the role of artists in the making of culture, community, infrastructure and policy that is responsive to all our needs.

  • Sat 10 November 2018

    The Artist Run Multiverse Summit | Day 2

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