MA Visual Culture, University of Westminster, London

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MA Visual Culture, University of Westminster, London

Places are still available for September 2010 entry.

The MA in Visual Culture is a unique multi-disciplinary course established around the belief that visual literacy, and the impact of visual forms of thinking and working play a significant role in our contemporary global, network society. The MA balances historical and theoretical debates in the field of visual culture studies with a rigorous interrogation of cultural practices across: contemporary visual arts, capitalism and culture; the material culture of the city; activism and popular politics; institutions and their archives; globalization and new media technologies. The MA also draws upon the cultural institutions and intellectual resources of central London.

The course team is composed of leading scholars, curators, and fine art practitioners. As such it is an intellectual environment conducive to students with similar backgrounds and aspirations, committed and hoping to contribute professionally to the local, national and international world of cultural organisation, the creative economies, and cultural institutions.

For further details: email, call +44 (0)20915 5511, or visit our website:

For more information on our other courses, MA Cultural and Critical Studies and MA English Literature, as well as our PhD programme in Arts, Humanities, and Cultural Institutions, click here.

New IMCC Visiting Junior Research Fellow

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The IMCC would like to welcome Courtney Hopf to the University of Westminster as a Visiting Junior Research Fellow during the latter half of 2010. Courtney is completing a PhD at University of California Davis, and her challenging interdisciplinary research concerns the future of narrative theory in the context of interactive, multi-user online collaborations. She will be hosted by the Institute from August 2010 until January 2011.

For more on our Junior Visiting Research Fellowship programme, see here.

Nigel Mapp joins IMCC

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We’re delighted to welcome Nigel Mapp to the IMCC from this August. Nigel is joining us at Westminster from the University of Tampere in Finland, and is author of the book Paul de Man (Polity 2011) and co-editor of Adorno and Literature (Continuum 2006). He has published widely on critical theory, deconstruction and early modern literature, and is currently working on literature and disenchantment.

Children’s Theatre in the UK

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Theatre for a Young Audience in the UK

Karian Schuitema, a PhD student at Westminster, has organised a one-day conference to be held at the University on Friday 16th July. 

Keynote Speakers:
Wolfgang Schneider (University of Hildesheim, Germany. ASSITEJ President)
Matthew Reason (York St John University)
Jeanne Pigeon and Roger Deldime (Université Libre De Bruxelles. Founder of Centre de sociologie du théâtre and founders of Théâtre La Montagne Magique)

 Further details, including full programme on Karian’s website here.

Listen With Ballard: Ballardian Architecture Online

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You can now listen to the talks at the Royal Academy Ballardian Architecture symposium last month, including those of IMCC Deputy Director David Cunningham, John Gray, Nigel Coates and Nic Clear.

Audio files are up on the RA site here.

Call for Papers: Fragments, Openness and Contradiction

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Fragments, Openness and Contradiction in Painting and Photography
Saturday November 27 2010, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

The restitution of the tableau form (to which the art of the 1960s and 1970s, it will be recalled, was largely opposed) has the primary aim of restoring the distance to the object-image necessary for the confrontational experience, but implies no nostalgia for painting and no specifically “reactionary” impulse. The frontality of the picture hung on or affixed to the wall and its autonomy as an object are not sufficient as finalities. It is not a matter of elevating the photographic image to the place and rank of painting. It is about using the tableau form to reactivate a thinking based on fragments, openness and contradiction, not the utopia of a comprehensive systematic order.
Jean-François Chevrier

In preparation for a two day international conference, Tableau/dispositif/apparatus, at Tate Modern in October 2011, our friends at Central Saint Martins are staging a symposium on Saturday November 27 in collaboration with the London Consortium to hear papers which address the nature of pictorial forms in contemporary practice; ‘fragmented, open and contradictory’ which Jean-Francois Chevrier opposes to the ‘utopia of a comprehensive systematic order’. This symposium is in preparation for the second day of the Tate conference which will be dedicated to the presentation of research papers.

500 word abstracts should be submitted by 1 October 2010 to Mick Finch:

Performance Matters

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The Whitechapel Salon: Matter Matters II: Performance Matters
Thursday 1st July, 7pm
Study Studio, Whitechapel Gallery, London E1 7QX

Spanning art, architecture, performance and sustainability, this year’s series of four Salon discussions focus on the matter of ‘matter’ – its nature, substance and the productive forces that govern it. For July Gavin Butt (Goldsmiths College, London), Adrian Heathfield (Roehampton University), and Lois Keidan (Director, Live Art Development Agency) consider Performance Matters.

Co-organised by the IMCC and Whitechapel Gallery. Book now to avoid disappointment!

Tickets: £8/£6 (includes free glass of wine)

Alter Ego Reloaded

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Alexa Wright is currently showing a new configuration of the Alter Ego installation in Locate Me, an exhibition that examines the impact of new communication technologies on traditional concepts of space at Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Bethanien, Berlin, 22 May – 8 August, 2010. More details here.

Visual Culture Interviews: Free Download

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In the interests of Open Access, we are very pleased to attach Visual Culture Studies: Interviews with Key Thinkers (Sage, 2008), a PDF of the IMCC Director Marq Smith’s book of interviews with Mieke Bal, Giuliana Bruno, Mark Cheetham, Michael Ann Holly and Keith Moxey, Susan Buck-Morss, Lisa Cartwright, Lennard J. Davis, Hal Foster, Paul Gilroy, Martin Jay, Nicholas Mirzoeff, W.J.T. Mitchell, Peggy Phelan, and Vivian Sobchack. Enjoy, and feel free to circulate.

Thomson & Craighead do London

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As part of the re-launch of the Museum of London, Thomson and Craighead are making a new work for the entrance hall. The new displays open from May 28th, and they will be building the commission over the space of a week ending June 6th, so come along and see it there. Works by The Singh Twins and Keith Coventry will also be on display, and the exhibition runs until September 5th. More info here.

Thomson and Craighead are further showing two brand new works, ‘The End’ and ‘The Time Machine in alphabetical order’, in a solo exhibition at Highland institute of Contemporary Art, running from June 20th to July 25th. Finally, you can also hear the duo being interviewed on Resonance FM here.

Scratch Orchestra Dealer Concert Report

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Stefan’s report on the most excellent Scratch Orchestra event at the Culturgest, Porto, as part of their Cornelius Cardew: The Freedom of Listening exhibition, is now available here and also below the break.

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AA City Cultures project

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Last Friday 14th May saw the launch of the Architectural Association’s City Cultures project, to which the IMCC’s David Cunningham has been a contributor. The texts from the project, including David’s ‘Nine Theses on the Metropolis’, can be read or downloaded here.

The AA have also posted a video recording of the launch event on their website, with brief talks from David, Doug Spencer, Peter Carl, and others, at:

For those interested, an earlier talk on Metropolitics by David at the AA, as part of their Landscape Urbanism Public Lectures series, is also up on their website. Watch it here.

Emerging Landscapes

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Emerging Landscapes
Date: 25-27 June 2010
Venue: University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS

The past thirty years have witnessed social, geopolitical, technological and economic change on a global scale. Alongside these shifts, landscape has also changed its nature. Focusing primarily, but not exclusively on the synergies between the disciplines of photography and architecture, this international and interdisciplinary conference, organised by our colleagues in Architecture and Art & Design, will examine and critically reassess the interface between production and representation in the creation of contemporary landscapes. Emerging Landscapes asks practitioners, writers, critics, artists, and others working in the broad fields of the built environment and the represented environment to reconsider the idea of landscape by interrogating the relationship between space and image; to explore the synergies that exist between landscape representation – the imaginary and symbolic shaping of the human environment – and landscape production – the physical and material changes wrought on the land.

Speakers include: Gabriele Basilico, Stephen Daniels, Christopher Girot, Jonathan Hill

Full programme and details at:
Registration from Helen Cohen:

8th June. Private View. ‘How We Became Metadata’

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Date: Tuesday 8th June, 6:30-8:30pm
Location: University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1 2UW

You are invited to the opening and private view of:


Martin John Callanan
Corby & Baily
Eunju Han
Eduardo Kac
susan pui san lok
Ruth Maclennan and Uriel Orlow
Thomson & Craighead
Curated by Marquard Smith

The Modernist Muse Programme Announced

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Westminster English Colloquium #15
“No Hawkers: No Models”: The Vicissitudes of the Modernist Muse
Saturday 19th June 2010, The Pavilion, University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W

10.00  Coffee
10.15  Introduction

10.30 – 11.30  Becky Bowler (Sheffield), The strange poses of an untrained dancer’: performance and visual identity in Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgrimage

11.30 -12.30  Hana Leaper (Liverpool), ‘Caught and tangled in a woman’s body?’: The dualities of the artist’s body in self-portraits by Vanessa Bell, Gwen John and Laura Knight

12.30 – 2.00  Lunch

2.00 – 3.00  Emma West (Independent Scholar), This is My Life: Kay Boyle and Modernist Women’s Autobiographics

3.00 – 4.00 Lucy Howarth (Plymouth), ‘Dress address name’: Fashioning the Modernist Self

4.15 – 5.15   Jane Goldman (Glasgow), Laughing Torso: Muse, Model, Creatrix (The Vicissitudes of Nina Hamnett, Modernist Bohemian, Artist and Writer)

5.15 – 5.30  Roundtable discussion

See the Call for Papers here.

LAST CHANCE TO BOOK! The 2010 Visual Culture Studies Conference

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Limited places still available! To book email or download the booking form here

Thursday 27 May – Saturday 29 May, 2010
Venue: The Old Cinema, 309 Regent Street, University of Westminster, London

£50/£25 concessions, booking essential    

For a full programme click here
Thursday 27 May: Sessions 1-3: 12-6.30pm 
Reception: 6.30-8.30pm
Participants include:
W.J.T. Mitchell (English and Art History, University of Chicago)

Mark Dunhill (School of Art, Central Saint Martins College)

William Cobbing (Wimbledon College of Art)

Joanne Morra (School of Art, Central Saint Martins College)

Adrian Rifkin (Art Writing, Goldsmiths, University of London)

Joy Sleeman (History and Theory of Art, Slade School of Fine Art)

Victoria Walsh (Education and Interpretation, Tate Britain)

Gary Hall (Media and Performing Arts, Coventry University)

Joanna Zylinska (Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London)

Friday 28 May: Sessions 4-7: 10am-5.45pm

Participants include:
Keith Moxey (Art History and Archaeology, Columbia)

Divya P. Tolia-Kelly (Geography, Durham University)

David Cunningham (Cultural & Critical Studies, University of Westminster)

Glen Adamson (Design/Craft, RCA/V&A)

Sarah Chaplin (Architectural Humanities, Greenwich University)

Elizabeth Guffey (Design, SUNY, Purchase)

Raiford Guins (Digital Cultural Studies, SUNY, Stony Brook)

Guy Julier (Design, Leeds Metropolitan University)

Penny Sparke (Design History, Kingston University)

Lisa Cartwright (Communication, UC, San Diego) 

Saturday 29th May: Sessions 8-10: 10.30am-4.30pm

Patrticipants include: 

Nicholas Mirzoeff (Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University)
Esther Leslie (Political Aesthetics, Birkbeck, University of London)
Esther Gabara (Romance Studies, and Art, Art History, & Visual Studies, Duke University)

Michael Ann Holly (The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown)

Jeremy Gilbert (University of East London)
Stephen Melville (Art/Aesthetics/Philosophy, Ohio State University)

Griselda Pollock (Art Histories/Cultural Studies, University of Leeds)

Marquard Smith (Visual Culture Studies, University of Westminster)

New Research Seminars WordPress Site

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Chris Daley and Jo Wargen have set up a useful new wordpress site for the Wednesday lunchtime English Literature Research Seminars run by the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies at Westminster. The address is:

Check next semester for details of upcoming seminars.

Revisiting the Scratch Orchestra

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The IMCC’s resident activist artist, and ex-member of the Scratch Orchestra, Stefan Szczelkun, will be taking part in a performance, with Keith Rowe and Carole Finer, as part of Cornelius Cardew and the Freedom of Listening, curated by Dean Inkster, at the Culturgest, Porto on Saturday 15th May. Later on the same evening Stefan will also be in conversation and showing a selection of excerpts from his Active Archives video project.

The Porto exhibition traces the career of the English avant-garde composer Cornelius Cardew, and includes scores and vast archival material of the experimental performances developed by Cardew and the members of the Scratch Orchestra, which he co-founded in 1969, along with posters from the period following Cardew’s decision in the mid-1970s to renounce his work as an avant-garde composer and devote his energy to politics.

e-flux announcement

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Just gone out on the e-flux mailing list, so we thought we might as well post it here also (read on after the break):

Announcing ambitious MA courses and PhD programme in the Arts, Humanities, and Cultural Institutions at the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture (IMCC), School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, University of Westminster, London.

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Archiving Cultures website

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A new website documenting the IMCC’s Archiving Cultures series of events and projects is now up at:

The website includes programmes, paper abstracts and artworks relating to the Hole in Time, Old Media / New Work and Vernacular Photographic Archives projects taking place at Westminster, in collaboration, respectively, with the Sussex Centre for German-Jewish Studies, the Magic Lantern Society and Photographer’s Gallery.

Archiving Cultures is organised by the IMCC’s Sas Mays and follows on from the 2008-09 research project, funded by the AHRC Beyond Text award, entitled ‘Spiritualism and Technology in Historical and Contemporary Contexts’.