How do you use language to imagine an anarchist way of life? In the first talk of the ‘Paths to Utopia’ in conversation series, Neil Denny talks to Dr Martin Edwardes about performative educational experiment ‘Night school on Anarres’.
‘Paths to Utopia’ is a collection of new artworks, all of which are the result of collaborations between artists and academics. In a series of ten panel discussions lead by ‘Little Atoms’ ’ Neil Denny, the Paths to Utopia in conversation series will discuss the research and ideas behind the works in the ‘Paths to Utopia’ exhibition, exploring the inspiration for the myriad of diverging Utopian visions and how the process of collaborating changed and informed the outcomes.
Thu 18 January 2018
What We Talk About When We Talk About Work | ‘Conversation and Exchange: Talking with Children’.
The next event in the series will take place at Bluecoat, Liverpool, on the 18thJanuary 2018 and takes the theme of ‘Conversation and Exchange: Talking with Children’. Invited speakers include, Marie Anne McQuay, Bluecoat Head of Programme; Heather Jones, Exhibition Manager of Kunsthall Stavanger Norway; Polly Brannan, artist and curator; Mick Marston, illustrator; and Julian Woods, educator. Each present their recent projects and discuss the benefits of creating works with, for and in response to children.
Sat 20 January 2018
Symposium: A New Ethics? The evolving responsibilities of creative practices in a changing world
A New Ethics? is a day-long symposium seeking to examine notions of ethics and responsibility within contemporary creative practices.
The events of 2016 and 2017 highlighted a noticeable increase in authoritarianism, racism, sexism, environmental disasters and widespread economic hardship at local and global levels, as well as significant changes in the art market and art education. How are these factors influencing artists’ work? Are artists and cultural institutions now expected to respond to them by assuming new and evolving responsibilities within their communities?
Questions asked during the day will include:
How does a sense of responsibility figure in the way artists, designers, curators and institutions are responding to past, present and future issues, including local and global politics, human rights, economic injustice and cultural history?
What might constitute an ethical curatorial or artistic practice today? How important is such a goal to creative practitioners?
The question of ethics often comes up in relation to practices that are considered unethical or lacking ethics. In contrast to this: How are creative practitioners developing a positive sense of ethics through their work?
The symposium will be structured around three panel discussions focusing on examples, each followed by Q&A. It will conclude with a final session for group discussion open to members of the audience.
Tue 20 February 2018
RCA | Visual Cultures Lecture Series
Ben Noys / Ash Sarkar / Mira Matter / Marina Vishmidt/ Sarat Maharaj (TBC) Organised by the Writing Research Group lead by Yve Lomax with Nicky Coutts, Jesse Ash, Jaspar Joseph-Lester
Tue 10 April 2018
RCA | Visual Cultures Lecture Series | Dickie Beau
Dickie Beau | Organised by the Methodas Fiction Research Group lead by Rebecca Fortnum