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History of Photography Seminar: Image and the Abyss

Friday, 24 May, 2013 by Kerry Doran

Toronto-based visual artist Annie MacDonell gave a compelling lecture-meets-artist’s talk, discussing her work in an open-forum manner at the Research Forum on 1 May. She began by reading her interpretation of two pivotal postmodernist texts, Craig Owen’s ‘Photography en abyme’ … Continue reading

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Memorabilia from an Age of Troublemaking – Liu Dahong and Katie Hill in Conversation

Friday, 17 May, 2013 by Megan N. Liberty

Chinese contemporary artist Liu Dahong began his presentation on 30 April by stating that he has lived through three dynasties—the first being Chairman Mao’s reign, the second when he left power, and the third the current regime. He explained that … Continue reading

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Utopia III: Contemporary Russian Art and the Ruins of Utopia

Friday, 5 April, 2013 by Lola Weddleton

In February, I attended the Utopia III conference held through the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre. The conference was the third in a series addressing the theme of ‘utopia’ within Russian art, with each focusing on a different time period; … Continue reading

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Natalia Murray on the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and the Quest for the New Art

Friday, 15 March, 2013 by Anne-Marie Tong

At the end of January, Natalia Murray spoke about ‘The Proletarian Art Enigma’ as part of the Modern and Contemporary Research Seminar. She began with the social and historical background of the Russian Revolution of 1917—aimed at establishing a homogenous … Continue reading

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Mark Cheetham, ‘Landscape & Language: from Conceptualism to Ecoaesthetics’ and Mark with Mariele Neudecker, ‘Re-Inventing Landscape Traditions for the Present’

Monday, 11 March, 2013 by Tom Balfe

In the late 1960s, the N. E. Thing Co., a Canadian art collective, produced a series of interventions exploring the connection between landscape and language. They set up road signs next to nondescript stretches of countryside with messages like ‘You … Continue reading

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Martin Myrone, ‘“Like a great circus tent”: folk art, art history and the museum’

Friday, 1 March, 2013 by Tom Balfe

It can be easy to forget how restricted a view of art production most of us really have. The works sitting pretty in our major museums and galleries are the towering emergent trees in our cultural ecosystem; while often wholly … Continue reading

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CURATORS IN DIALOGUE ON THE PERSISTENCE OF HISTORIES

Tuesday, 26 June, 2012 by Marie Collier

On the 20th of June 2012 I had the pleasure of attending Curators in Dialogue on the Persistence of Histories, part of the Revival: Utopia, Identity, Memory project led by Dr. Ayla Lepine, the current Andrew Mellon and Research Forum Post-doctoral Fellow. As … Continue reading

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CRYSTAL OF RESISTANCE – THOMAS HIRSCHHORN

Wednesday, 1 February, 2012 by Jane Scarth

A response by Jane Scarth   “This is something essential to art: reception is never its goal. What counts for me is that my work provides material to reflect upon. Reflection is an activity.” – Thomas Hirschhorn Having reflected on … Continue reading

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