Shoulders of Giants, a project by Shen Xin

Shoulders of Giants appropriates and extends the model of a symposium through animation, performance and projection. The invited speakers will animate creatures derived from Shan HaiJing (Also known as The Classics of Mountains and Seas, C4th BC) as they speak, discuss and conduct Q&A.

The event seeks to investigate the strategies that artists, theorists and critics employ to deal with mechanisms of power – such as oppression and censorship, surveillance and punishment, unemployment and estranged labour – that are inherent in daily politics; to highlight the many desires that are afloat where power multiplies, unfolds, fluctuates, and diminishes; to render visible the physical and psychological affects that they have.It will position theoretical and artistic practices as practice of action, and therefore looks at how the dispositions of each practitioner are appropriated in various modes in order to produce subjectivity, to communicate change and to form solidarity. The event will consider the implications of such positioning and its potential to redirect and reorganise power relations through what happens and as it happens – to speculate upon how such strategies transcend perceived limitations.

Invited speakers include Esther Leslie, Hannah Black, Mark Fisher and Simon O’Sullivan.

Shoulders of Giants is supported by Chinese Centre for Visual Arts (CCVA), Birmingham City University, and Faceshift; funded by Chronus Art Centre. The event will be live streamed in Shanghai, organised by British Council in Shanghai, and will be adapted into a film by Shen Xin.

The event is free but there are limited spaces available.

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Duration 29 July 2015 - 29 July 2015
Times 15.30 - 18.00
Cost Free
Venue Senate Room, First Floor, Senate House,
Address Malet Street London WC1E 7HU, ,
Contact 0121 331 7823 / /

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