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Summoning the Past
Sat 5 July, 2.30-5.30pm
University of Bath
Speakers: Keynote: Brian Dillon, Berit Stumpf & Alison Marchant
This afternoon seminar teases out themes around arts, spatialisation, documentation and historical moment, and marks the opening of Alison Marchant's exhibition and a performance by Gob Squad later in the evening. Although Alison Marchant's work may at first appear very different from that of Gob Squad, they share a fascination with histories and spaces that are either disappearing or already disappeared.
Keynote Speaker Brian Dillon is currently UK editor of Cabinet, a quarterly art and culture magazine based in New York and a contributing editor at Art Review. He regularly writes for Frieze, The London Review of Books, The Dublin Review, The New Statesman, TLS and The Wire and is an award-winning writer of non-fiction. In 2005 he won the Irish Book Award for Non-Fiction for In the Dark Room (Penguin).
Brian Dillon, awarded an AHRC grant, returns to the University of Kent's School of English for a research project titled Ruins of the Twentieth Century, which involves a study of the relationship between place, architecture and creative writing, and will result in two books and an exhibition at a major London gallery. This summer, the literary magazine Granta will publish his essay on the remains of the old BP refinery on the Isle of Grain in Kent.
Gob Squad, the award-winning British-German performance collective, present their latest performance piece Kitchen (you've never had it so good) which attempts to re-construct Andy Warhol's iconic film - despite the fact that none of them have seen it. Kitchen can be seen in ICIA's Arts Theatre, 7.30pm. Gob Squad have worked in performance, theatre, installation and video since 1994. Based in Nottingham, Berlin and Hamburg the group makes and presents its work in urban sites such as offices, houses, shops, railway stations and hotels as well as in galleries and theatres. Using the language of film, TV and pop music to explore the complexities and absurdities of life today, Gob Squad's work is a search for beauty, meaning and humanity amongst the glittering facades and dark corners of contemporary culture. Sometimes improvised, sometimes strictly choreographed, the work is provocative, entertaining and emotionally charged. Berit Stumpf is a founder member, as well as a theatre and television director in her own right.
Alison Marchant has built a reputation for work that uses historical documentation to create site-specific art. She uses archive photography and oral testimonies to investigate working class cultural and domestic life in Britain, making visible hidden lives often in the face of change. Charged Atmospheres is drawn from an archive of deteriorating 1970s photographs of Britain's dilapidated stately homes. Here Marchant focuses on Britain's aristocratic heritage, implying a tension between Britain's self-promotion through its heritage, and the reality of homelessness, sleeping rough and squatting.
Part of ICIA's 2008 theme: so far... arts, spatialisation and memory
Venue: Lecture Theatre: 3 West North 2.1 Tickets £6, Concs £5
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Alison Marchant , Charged Atmospheres, Exhibition Preview Sat 5 July, 5.30pm-7pm, ICIA Art Space 1, University of Bath Admission free
Gob Squad's Kitchen
Sat 5 July, 7.30pm, ICIA Arts Theatre, University of Bath Followed by a post-show discussion Performance Ticket: £9, Concs £7 Joint Seminar & Performance Ticket: £14, Concs £11