Death and the Contemporary: Death and Space

Event Date: 23 October 2012
The Dead House
Somerset House
The Strand,
London WC2R 1LA
 

 

Death and the Contemporary: Death and Space

‘Death and the Contemporary’ is a series of site-specific events organised by Dr Georgina Colby and Anthony Luvera  that will take
place across London between October 2012 and September 2013. Panel discussions with keynote philosophers, writers, visual artists, and theorists will provide an exciting interdisciplinary forum in which to consider issues surrounding the representation of death in contemporary culture. Audience members will have the opportunity to engage and contribute to these stimulating conversations with leading figures across the disciplines.

Georgina Colby is Lecturer in English at the University of Westminster. Reading across literature and the visual arts, Dr Colby’s work seeks to examine and theorize new modes of literary and cultural recuperation in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She has published widely in the field of contemporary literature and photography. Her interdisciplinary publications on literature and photography have appeared in the peer review journals Comparative
Critical Studies, Women: A Cultural Review and n.paradoxa: International Feminist Art Journal. She has also recently contributedto Photography: The Whole Story (London: Thames and Hudson, 2012). Her literary criticism has appeared in the journals Textual Practice and Contemporary Literature and she is the author of Bret Easton Ellis: Underwriting the Contemporary (New York: Palgrave, 2011). Before joining Westminster in 2012 Dr Colby was a visiting lecturer
in English and Philosophy at Royal Holloway, University of London, and she continues to deliver a series of lectures in photography at Sotheby’s Institute of Art London.

Anthony Luvera is an Australian artist, writer and educator based in London. His photographic work has been exhibited widely in galleries, public spaces and festivals including the British Museum, London Underground’s Art on the Underground, National Portrait Gallery London, Belfast Exposed Photography, Australian Centre for Photography and Les Rencontres D’Arles Photographie. His writing appears regularly in a wide range of periodicals and peer-reviewed journals including Source, Photographies and Hot Shoe. Anthony lectures at institutions including Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London College of Communication and University for the Creative Arts Farnham. He also facilitates workshops and gives lectures for the public education programmes of organisations including the National Portrait Gallery, Barbican Art Gallery and The Photographers’ Gallery.
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Welcome by Sally Taylor (Culture Capital Exchange).

Introduction by Dr Georgina Colby (University of Westminster) and Anthony Luvera

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Speakers:
Professor Tom Hunter ( University of the Arts, London College of Communications)
Tom Hunter is an internationally acclaimed artist whose medium is photography.
Tom graduated from the London College of Printing in 1994. His degree show, The Ghetto, a series of photographs and a model of his squatted neighbourhood, is now on permanent display in the Museum of London. Tom received an MA at the Royal College of Art, where, in 1996, he was awarded the photography prize by Fuji Film for his series Travellers. Tom has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as the National Gallery, London, where he held the first solo photography show; the Saatchi Gallery; White Cube; and many others.

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Professor Robert Hampson (Royal Holloway University of London)
Robert Hampson is Professor of Modern Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he is Director of the MA in Literatures of Modernity and teaches on the MA in Poetic Practice. He has published widely on Conrad, Ford, and contemporary poetry. His recent publications include Frank O Hara Now (2011; co-edited with Will Montgomery), Conrad’s Secrets (2012), a volume of poetry, An Explanation of Colours (2011) and the Crater Press pamphlet, Out of Sight (2012).

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Professor David Bate (University of Westminster)
Professor David Bate is a photo-artist and theorist. Recent works includes the books Zone (Artworks, 2012), Photography: Key Concepts (Berg, 2009) and Photography and Surrealism (IB Tauris, 2004). He is currently a Professor of Photography at the University of Westminster, London and co-editor of Photographies journal.

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Dr Andrea Brady (Queen Mary University of London)
Dr Andrea Brady is Senior Lecturer in early modern and contemporary English literature at Queen Mary University of London, where her research interests include poetry, ritual, embodiment, dreams, theories of the imagination and the material conditions of writing. Her books of poetry include Wildfire: A Verse Essay on Obscurity and Illumination (Krupskaya 2010) and the forthcoming Mutability: Scripts for Infancy (Seagull 2012).  She is co-publisher of Barque Press and director of Archive of the Now.

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Panel discussion and audience questions:

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