Toynbee Court Room, Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street E1 6AB , 27 July 2015

Milk + Blood: A new performance by artist Franko B

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

Schedule

  • 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 18th January 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.

  • Thu 25 January 2018

    RCA | Visual Cultures Lecture Series| Marl: Sometimes Hard, usually Soft: A Carnival of Entanglement

    with Leo Costner / Amir George / Manu Luksch / Martin Reinhart / UBERMORGEN Organised by: Johnny Aura Satz, Margarita Gluzberg, Nigel Rolfe.

    Entanglement Research Group (RCA)

    The Research Group: Entanglement seeks to establish a kind of ‘lab’, a weekly experimental site foregrounding one’s artphilosophyvoicetonguequantumphysicswork through the strange visceral economies of what constitutes an ‘is’ (or even the is):

    We will commence the Entanglement in the New Year 2018 with Foucault’s The Courage of Truth read with and against Bataille’s Meditations and Haraway’s Tentacular Thinking Entanglement enables (or will try to enable) a new form of contemporary art, philosophy/erotic praxis, poetics and the logics of sense we call ‘inhabited philosophy’. All work(s) will be discussed / voiced / heard / exchanged bearing in mind a few interlocutors: Friedrich Nietzsche, Isabelle Stengers, Karen Barad, Benoit Mandelbrot, Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Søren Kierkegaard, Kathy Acker, Euripides, Martin Heidegger, Walter Benjamin, Michel Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari, J-F Lyotard, RAW, Wittgenstein, Angela Davis.

    Research Tutor: Johnny Golding with Aura Satz, Nigel Rolfe, Sarah Jones and Margarita Gluzberg. Honorary Post-docs: Alberto Condotta, Fani Cettl, Jakub Ceglarz and Mattia Paganelli.

  • 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