Posts from October 2009

Ezra Pound at the Polytechnic

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Ezra Pound and Modern Criticism: 100 Years in London
Friday 4 December 2009, 9.30-5.00
Cayley Room (room 152), University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street

Celebrating the centenary of Ezra Pound’s lectures on Romance literature at the Polytechnic Institute in Regent Street, this one-day symposium, co-organised by the IMCC, brings together a range of speakers to discuss both Pound’s time in London and his contribution to modern literary criticism.

Speakers include: Massimo Bacigalupo (Genoa), Walter Bauman (Ulster), Rebecca Beasley (Oxford), Helen Carr (Goldsmiths), David Moody (York), Nick Selby (UEA)
Introduced by: David Cunningham and Leigh Wilson


Interview with Nada Prlja

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The Institute’s resident expert in activist art Stefan Szczelkun’s interview with Yugoslavian-born Nada Prlja is now up on the Metamute site. Read it here.

Surrealism, Post-War Theory and the Avant-Garde

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Friday 27 – Saturday 28 November 2009

17.15 – 19.00, 27 November

10.00 – 18.30, 28 November (with registration from 9.30)

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London


Special Keynote Address: Professor Allan Stoekl (Penn State), ‘The Drift: Surrealism, Situationism and Postsustainable Strategies of Gleaning’

Friday 27 November, 17.30-19.00, followed by reception

Saturday Speakers: Lucy Bradnock (Getty Research Institute), David Cunningham (University of Westminster), Jonathan Eburne (Pennsylvania State University), Jill Fenton (Queen Mary, University of London), Patrick ffrench (Kings College, University of London), Steven Harris (University of Alberta, Edmonton), Alyce Mahon (Trinity College, Cambridge), Gavin Parkinson (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Michael Richardson (independent scholar).

Ticket/entry details: £10. Please send a cheque made payable to ‘Courtauld Institute of Art’ to: Research Forum Events Coordinator, The Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, clearly stating that you wish to book for the ‘Surrealism, Post-War Theory and the Avant-Garde conference’. Or call 020 7848 2785/2909 to make a credit card booking. Or, for further information, send an email to

Programme can be downloaded here.

Re-placing the novel: Sinclair and Ballard

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David Cunningham’s 2007 essay on Iain Sinclair, J.G. Ballard and the contemporary novel has been posted by Simon Sellars on his splendid website The Ballardian. Read it here.

Rem Koolhaas interview

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 David Cunningham and Jon Goodbun’s interview with OMA architect Rem Koolhaas is now up as a highlight on the Radical Philosophy website. Click here to download the pdf.


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A series of events programmed by the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture, University of Westminster, at The David Roberts Art Foundation Fitzrovia as part of their current exhibition ‘Sculpture of the Space Age’, curated by Raimundas Malasauskas.

Thursday November 5th 2009, 6:30-8:30: THE FUTURE

Tom Corby (new media artist; cultural ecologist; University of Westminster)
David Cunningham (academic, aesthetician, University of Westminster)
Benjamin Noys (author of The Culture of Death and Georges Bataille, University of Chichester)
John Timberlake (painter, photographer, Head of BA Fine Art, Middlesex University)

Thursday November 12TH, 2009, 6:30-8:30: THE FUTURE IS HISTORY

Jon Cairns (fine arts, Central Saint Martins College, University of the Arts)
Sally O’Reilly (art critic, Founder of Implicasphere, author of The Body in Contemporary Art)
Uriel Orlow (multi-media installer, historian, narrator of the impossible, University of Westminster)

Saturday November 21st, 2009, 2-4: THE FUTURE IS TOMORROW

Lennard J. Davis (author of books on normalcy, obsession, and genetics, University of Illinois at Chicago)
Chris Horrocks (author of books on Foucault, McLuhan, and Baudrillard, Kingston University)
Ben Watson (independent music critic, Marxist theorist, poet, and author of books on Frank Zappa, art and class, and Derek Bailey)

Thursday November 26th, 6:30-8:30: THE FUTURE IS NOW

Garin Dowd (Deleuzian commentator on film & writing, Thames Valley University)
Sue Golding (philosopher of time and space, University of Greenwich)
Stephen Melville
(critic of modernity and the avant-garde; Ohio State University)

Chair: David Cunningham and Marquard Smith, University of Westminster, London

Bio-Culture and the Post-Humanities: Animals?

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post human

Friday 20th November 2009
2:00 pm – 6: 00 pm
Room 352, 309 Regent Street, University of Westminster

Giovanni Aloi, Editor of Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, Queen Mary, University of London
Dr Nicola Anderson, Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies, Macquarie University, Australia
Professor Lennard J. Davis, Professor of the Arts and Social Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Dr Rob La Frenais, Curator, The Arts Catalyst, London
Nicola Triscott, Director, The Arts Catalyst, London
Dr Joanna Zylinska, Reader in Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London
Chair: Dr Marquard Smith, Director, Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture

Interviewing with Introducing Art

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‘Introducing Art’ have just interviewed us for Issue V of their online publication. You can read the illustrated interview here…

‘Introducing Art’ have just interviewed Thomson & Craighead  for Issue V of their online publication. You can read the illustrated interview here…

Horizon at Impakt Festival, Utrecht

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Thomson & Craighead’s live installation Horizon will be re-staged at Impakt Festival in Utrecht, Holland from October 14th 2009 alongside works by Jonas Dahlberg, Guido van der Werve, Vadim Fishkin, Guy Sherwin, Glenn Kaino and Julieta Aranda.  More information on this exhibition here.