Monday, 22 March 2010

Golden thread talks

Collected Readings - Public Lectures

The Collected Readings public lectures coincide with an exhibition of works selected from the British Council Collection that sets out to explore aspects of word in display. The exhibition consists of works featuring text as an integral element of the image by eleven celebrated artists: Fiona Banner, Ian Breakwell, Victor Burgin, Jimmie Durham, Tracey Emin, Hamish Fulton, Richard Hamilton, Matthew Higgs, Richard Long, Hilary Lloyd, Donald Urquhart; spanning five decades.

Victor Burgin

"Log line and monologue in my recent work"

Wednesday 24th March at 12.00pm.

Victor Burgin

Victor Burgin is an artist and writer. He is Professor Emeritus of History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz; and Emeritus Professor of Visual Arts at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Burgin’s academic books include Situational Aesthetics (2009), The Remembered Film (2004), In/Different Spaces: place and memory in visual culture (1996), The End of Art Theory: criticism and postmodernity (1986), and Thinking Photography (1982). The most recent books devoted to his visual work are Components of a Practice (2008), published by Skira, and Victor Burgin: Objets Temporels (2007), published by the Presses Universitaires de Rennes. His forthcoming book, Interviews and Interventions, will be published by Reaktion, London, later this year.

Burgin’s photographic and video work is represented in such public collections as: Museum of Modern Art, New York; Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; The Tate Gallery, London; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. His most recent video and photographic works were commissioned for the permanent collection of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; by the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles; Le Printemps de Septembre à Toulouse 2009 and the Musée de Picardie, Amiens. His present projects include a commissioned work for Istanbul, in the context of Istanbul 2010 - Cultural Capital of Europe.

Dr. Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes

Collective Reading - Relationships Between Contemporary Artists' Works and Literature

Tuesday 27th April at 12.30pm.

In this talk, Dr Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes will use the current exhibition as a starting point for elaborating on some of the many different ways in which artists today find literature exciting and engage with it in their diverse works - usually far from illustrating or serving writers. Their current approaches are more aptly described as what Jeff Wall calls the "ruination of literature" in Rodney Graham's works. It is a basis or material for practices that are often critical and engaged, but also adds a dimension of the magical, or stands for that which current culture appears to have lost.

Both this talk and the lecture by Victor Burgin on 24 March will set the scene for a conference in June 2010, entitled “Displaying Word and image” at the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast.

"Displaying Word and Image"

University of Ulster, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

4-6 June 2010

Conference Convenors: Dr Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, Dr Karen E. Brown
Keynote Speaker: Professor W. J. T. Mitchell

This conference will bring together word and image, as well as literary scholarship, art history and theory, art practice, curatorial practice, museology, and visual culture, in order to address the interrelationship between word & image and display.

The questions addressed will include: how does the art exhibition function as mediator of literature? Which approaches to Word and Image are specific to curators or museum practitioners? How do Word and Image studies theorize, inform or imply display? We also wish to investigate the use of text/writing in and surrounding exhibitions, and the semiotics of museums' visual identities. How do competencies interact in the tri-disciplinary field between (1) art/art history/theory, (2) museum studies/curatorial practice and (3) literary studies? How are competencies acquired, and how do policies and funding structures enable work in this field? A publication and exhibition on the conference theme will be produced.

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