Stanley Picker Galery, 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.

Schedule

  • Thu 26 July 2018

    What We Talk About When We Talk About Work | the Grundy, Blackpool

    ‘Staging and Film Sets’

    Thursday 26th July 4-6pm
    Brunswick Room, Central Library, Blackpool.
    Booking required via Grundy Art Gallery

    The fifth event in the What We Talk About ... series of public discussions will explore artist’s practices that work with film, installation and theatre, considering in particular how the site specific ‘staging’ of film can facilitate nuanced encounters that both extend and inform a viewer’s experience. Speakers include filmmaker Chris Paul Daniels, Stockholm based academic and researcher Annika Wik and curators Poppy Bowers (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester), Paulette Terry Brien (Grundy Art Gallery) and Will Rose (Pavilion, Leeds).

  • Thu 23 August 2018

    What We Talk About When We Talk About Work | the Whitworth | Manchester

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