Join us for this informal presentation, as artists Alexandra Leykauf and Becky Beasley discuss their work and plans for the fellowship in Southend-on-Sea with ARC Director Ben Roberts.
Tue 30 April 2019
RCA | SoAH Research Presents: Documents | Speaker: Tom McCarthy
‘The Psychotic Document’
What if a document functioned not as a solid anchor serving to fix a reality but, on the contrary, as a lure, a mirage, vortex into an abyssal space in which reality itself unravels? Novelist Tom McCarthy considers the function of the photographic document in Julio Cortazar’s 1959 story ‘The Devil’s Drool’ and Michelangelo Antonioni’s celebrated adaptation of it in his 1966 film ‘Blow-Up’. Olivier Richon responds.
Tom McCarthy (Stirling, 1969) is a novelist whose work has been translated into more than twenty languages. His first novel, Remainder, won the 2008 Believer Book Award and was recently adapted for the cinema. His third, C, was a 2010 Booker Prize finalist, as was his fourth, Satin Island, in 2015. McCarthy is also author of the study Tintin and the Secret of Literature, and of the essay collection Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish. He contributes regularly to publications such as The New York Times, The London Review of Books, Harper’s and Artforum. In 2013 he was awarded the inaugural Windham Campbell Prize for Fiction by Yale University. He is currently a Fellow of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Programme.
Tue 7 May 2019
RCA | SoAH Research presents the acclaimed writer, Ali Smith, for readings and in conversation.
Juliette Blightman is an artist, her recent exhibitions include at Maureen Paley, London (hosted by Felix Gaudlitz) and O-Town House, Los Angeles. Her PhD at the RCA researches the relevance of feminist literature of the last one hundred years to creative practice, technology and motherhood.
Sharon Boothroyd is an artist and lecturer. She exhibits internationally in venues including Venice Exchange, Tate Liverpool, Encontros das Imagem, Braga and Centre for Photography, Clement Ferrond. Her PhD research at the RCA looks at hysterical narrative as agency.
Marita Fraser is an artist and writer, her recent exhibitions include Moore Contemporary, Perth and Gallery Layendecker, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Fraser’s PhD by practice examines how performative feminist texts operate as score in contemporary art practice and writing.
Kate Paul is an MRes student at the RCA, and is currently undertaking practice-based research on experimental teaching tools. Before coming to the RCA, she worked in primary schools and completed a degree in Comparative Literature.
Chair Rebecca Fortnum, Lead Research Programme, School of Art and Humanities and Professor of Fine Art
Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962 and lives in Cambridge. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, she was a lecturer at the University of Stratchclyde. Her first collection of short fiction, Free Love and Other Stories, won the Saltire First Book Award in 1995 and she has written four further collections since, most recently Public Library and Other Stories.
Her first novel, Like, was published in 1997. Her second, Hotel World, won the Encore Award, the East England Arts Award of the Year and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for both the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize. Her third, The Accidental (2005), won the Whitbread Novel Award and was also shortlisted for both the Orange Prize and Booker Prize. There but for the was published in 2011, followed in 2014 by How to Be Both, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, was shortlisted for the Folio Prize and also won the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel of the Year award.
In 2007, she published her contribution to Canongate’s Myths series, Girl Meets Boy, a retelling of the transformation of Iphis from Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
Autumn, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, is the first in a planned quartet, and is a meditation on a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, on what harvest means; it’s about time and who we are, what we are made of. Immediately following the Brexit vote, the United Kingdom is in pieces, divided by a historic once-in-a-generation summer. Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand in hand with hopelessness. It is a beautiful meditation on ageing and time and love and stories themselves.
Winter, now out in paperback, tells the story of conformist Sophia and her rebellious sister Iris both as elderly ladies in the present day and in flashbacks to their earlier years, and Sophia’s son, Art, who writes a nature blog. All three, plus a young woman brought by Art, converge on Sophia’s house for what turns out to be an eventful Christmas.