Franko B (Milan, 1960) will showcase Milk + Blood at Toynbee Studios - his first London performance for over two years. Internationally recognised as a pioneering performance artist, Franko B will use both his body and a punch bag as democratic tools, embodying notions of the personal, political and poetic. In this unprecedented performance Franko B returns to the seminal aesthetics of the wound. Milk will bleed. Located in Toynbee’s atmospheric Court Room, a former juvenile court, Milk & Blood appropriates the aesthetics of boxing for twelve two minute rounds of mental and physical endurance. Exploring themes of pain, eroticism, revulsion, ecstasy and masculinity, the performance becomes a metaphor for social struggle and the ability to overcome.
‘Looking introspectively, I can truly say that I have successfully wrecked my career as a “bleeding” artist and continued my lust for life thanks to language.’ Franko B
Thu 23 February 2017
Zabludowicz Collection | Discussion: One & Other
How can identity politics and concepts of self be performed, expressed and negotiated by contemporary art? Join us for a discussion with artists David Blandy and Harold Offeh focussing on some of the key questions explored in current exhibition One & Other. Work featured in the group show, including David Blandy’s The White & Black Minstrel Show, 2007, will provide a framework for discussions surrounding the adoption and distribution of multiple personae in our public lives, through our bodies, on social media platforms and beyond.
Fri 24 February 2017
SHAPE | Tate Exchange: Ways of Seeing Art
How do you ‘see’ art? How do we describe art to others? As part of the Tate Exchange programme, join us at Tate Modern for our Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary Shortlist showcase and a series of workshops led by blind and visually impaired artists to explore audio description of artwork.
Sat 4 March 2017
ARC | Live Library: Performing the Self
Corin Sworn, Artist, Ben Roberts, Director, Artists’ Research Centre, Dr M A Katritzky, Open University, Robb Mitchell, University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, Dr Bernie Hogan, University of Oxford, Dr Elsa Richardson, Queen Mary, University of London, Gil Leung, Artist, William Rose, Producer Pavillion, Leeds
The public performance of a self, from the early modern stage to the digital platforms of social media, is central to human identity – how we understand ourselves and are perceived by others. An investigation of this performance of the self in society, its changing formats and contexts, has been at the core of Corin Sworn’s ARC Fellowship.
Live Library: Performing the Self, presents a spectrum of research concerned with how ideas of the ‘self’ are manifested in our culture. Is an individual defined by their professional activity, their financial status, their emotional state or creative output? How has society’s willingness to understand the self as a combination of these factors created new ways for identity to be expressed across these registers? What is the future for how we can present ourselves to the world and how will this affect our interactions with others?
To mark the culmination of Sworn’s Fellowship, a group of artists, writers and academics have been invited to give presentations of their work, considering these and other questions. The presentations, including talks, film and performance will be followed by conversations with Sworn about the ways these ideas connect to her practice - a Live Library; a performance of research made public.
Tue 14 March 2017
RCA | Marvin Gaye Chetwynd & Nina Power chaired by Michael Newman
Visual Cultures Lecture Series | Do we still have a subconscious?
Visual Cultures Lecture Series | Cultural ID & Europe, Authenticity
Tue 9 May 2017
QUAD Arts centre | PaintingDigitalPhotography conference
The PaintingDigitalPhotographyconference seeks to investigate how artists and theorists are currently engaged in critical discourses around the shifting relationships of painting, photography, and digital manipulation. How are these mediums being defined in their connection to one another as new hybrid forms are being created through their combination? What do these combinations tell us about these mediums and disciplines, their natures and practices, in the digital age? In what ways might digital imaging and manipulation enable a painting / photographyinterconnectivity? Central to the debate will be the focus on the blurred boundaries, common threads, antagonisms, distinctions, and growing interrelationship between painting, photography, and ‘the digital’ in the development of new creative practices.