Visual Cultures Lecture Series 2014/2015




This autumn the RCA School of Fine Art hosts its third Visual Cultures public lecture series with a focus on today’s art production and culture. The theme, Contemporaneity and Other Tales, invites audiences and cultural figures to consider the world around them through various artistic mediums. Guest speakers, including distinguished artists, writers, curators and academics will engage audiences in conversations about today’s artistic production process and the broader cultural discussion that art inspires.

The series begins with leading American artist Richard Tuttle to coincide with the opening of his two major London exhibitions at Tate Modern Turbine Hall and the Whitechapel Gallery. Additional speakers include the “father of conceptual art” Joseph Kosuth in conversation with Serpentine Gallery co-director Hans Ulrich Obrist; artist Susan Hiller; curator Mihnea Mircan and academic Saskia Sassen.

Hans Ulrich Obrist is a Swiss curator and currently holds the positions of Co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes, and the Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery in London. Since 1991, Obrist has curated over 150 international exhibitions in venues such as the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Museum in Progress in Vienna. In addition to curatorial work, Obrist is known as the artworld’s “Studs Terkel” or its default oral historian as he has many interviews saved as video exhibitions or in book series.

Curator Mihnea Mircan will be discussing his recent research in relation to current archaeological discoveries. He is the artistic director of Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp, where he is preparing the long-term research project “Allegory of the Cave Painting”. Mircan has also curated exhibitions at several institutions including the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; and Fondation Ricard, Paris. In addition, he was the editor of the book Hans van Houwelingen: Undone and has contributed works to journals such as Mousse, Manifesta Journal, and Afterall, and to the publications Visible (Sternberg Press) and Six Lines of Flight (SF MOMA).

Artist Susan Hiller grew up in America but currently works and lives in London. After attaining her PhD in Anthropology, she decided to pursue artistic interests. Hiller’s work derives from a process of collecting, cataloguing and transforming cultural artefacts as a means of exploring the subconscious and unconscious mind. Inspired by feminism, popular culture and psychoanalysis, she works with a wide range of media including sculpture, performance, video, photography, drawing, and installation. Her most recent solo exhibition is Channel, which was shown at the Adelaide Festival, Australia, Matt’s Gallery in London, and Centre d’Art Contemporain La Synagogue de Delme in France. Hiller is also represented in a number of international public collections including the Tate Britain, London and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

Duration 17 October 2014 - 17 February 2015
Times 6.30pm
Cost Free
Venue Royal College of Art
Address Dyson Building London SW11 4AN, ,
Contact 020 7590 4444 / info@rca.ac.uk / www.rca.ac.uk/visual-cultures

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