Free at the Point of Interest

An afternoon's screening and workshop discussion looking at class and culture.

Taking the work of sociologist Pierre Bourdieu as our starting point we will look at the discreet social rules that govern the cultural arena, what purpose they serve and the possibilities and implications of change.

Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002) was a sociologist whose research included studies of the art world, the literary sphere and academia in France. Sociology is a Martial Art (Pierre Carles, France 2002 146 mins) follows Bourdieu over a period of 3 years as he lectures, attends political rallies, travels, meets with his students, staff, and his research team. During the course of the film some of his difficult ideas and concepts are revealed clearly through the discussions and interactions he has with other people.

His work has been influential on current critical contemporary art, partly because it looks at the relationship between art and market forces, but it also contains a far more uncomfortable class critique of art and intellectual activity, that has largely been ignored:

"Art and cultural consumption are predisposed, consciously and deliberately or not, to fulfill a social function of legitimating social differences."
Pierre Bourdieu, Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste (1979)

There will be a screening of Sociology is a Martial Art (Pierre Carles, France 2002 146 mins) followed by a group seminar with special guests, Sonya Dyer - artist and author of the 'Boxed In' report and Nirmal Puwar - senior lecturer in sociology at Goldsmiths College.

'Free at the point of interest' is organised by Tom Roberts and Jackie Holt. If you would like to participate please email tom@lux.org.uk or jackie@lux.org.uk.
Free at the Point of Interest


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