EPISODE - Pleasure and Persuasion in Lens-based Media

Media-culture is an undeniable force in our lives. Its pervasive and pleasurable power has primarily been located in discourses on ‘spectacle’ and the persistent connections between technology and power in democracy. But when artworks can be seen to share the same experiential field as media-culture, both using and producing a media-culture, the question of how our experiences of it constitute the political is now imperative. How do media-culture and artworks, and the spaces they inhabit, produce and reform the naturalised and assumed realities of everyday praxis?

The research group Curating Video present a one-day conference on Friday 28th November 2008 at Tate Britain inviting nine speakers from the fields of visual arts, art history, cultural studies, media studies, philosophy, psychoanalysis and cultural studies to explore a new matrix of issues that have become crucial to the understanding of the affect of mediated images in our lives. Rethinking the power of fact that images generate, this conference seeks to put forth new dialogues, strategies and propositions to explore what is now at stake for a politics of the mediated image.

Speakers include:
Bridget Crone, Director, Media Art Bath; Dr. Graham Harman, Associate Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, American University in Cairo, Egypt; Professor Ahuvia Kahane, Director, Arts & Humanities Research Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London; Dr. Sharon Kivland, artist & Reader in Fine Art, Sheffield Hallam University; Professor Norman Klein, California Institute of Arts, Los Angeles, USA; Dr. Suhail Malik, Critical Studies Course Leader for Postgraduate Fine Art in the Department of Art at Goldsmiths, University of London; Dr. Philippe-Alain Michaud, Film Curator, Musée national d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges-Pompidou, Paris; Dr. Uriel Orlow, artist & AHRC research fellowship in Creative Arts at the University of Westminster; and, Dr. Johanna Sumiala, Lecturer at the Department of Communication, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Throughout the day, three panels will each be chaired by Dr. Amanda Beech, Dr. Jaspar Joseph Lester, and Matthew Poole.

Price: £35 (£25 concessions), booking recommended. Includes drinks reception at the launch of the new book: Episode: Pleasure and Persuasion in Lens-based Media, published by Artwords Press.

For tickets call 020 7887 8888 or visit the TATE Britain website

This event is supported by Chelsea College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London; Department of Art History & Theory, University of Essex; and, Sheffield Hallam University.

Image: Julie Henry, X 2000, © the artist
EPISODE - Pleasure and Persuasion in Lens-based Media


Event Title: EPISODE - Pleasure and Persuasion in Lens-based Media
Postcode: SW1P 4RG UK
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