Systems Art: Symposium - weekend session

In 1968 the artist and writer Jack Burnham prophesised that, Ďa Systems Aesthetic will become the dominant approach to a maze of socio-technical conditions rooted only in the present. This symposium investigates this claim by responding to, provoking and presenting a sustained discussion on systems-theory and art. Speakers discuss artís relationship to the operation of social systems, provide the basis for an account of the diverse art practices that occur after modernism in terms of a systems aesthetic and explore a definition of artistic media which is not materially specific.

Over the days leading up to the symposium, abstracts and drafts from participating speakers and artists will be posted on the Systems Art discussion forum, in order to initiate public debates around systems art in general, and the themes and concepts raised by our participants in particular.
Please feel free to contribute. You can leave comments anonymously, or register for a reader account if you would like people to know who you are. Click here to access the forum.



Art & Language (Michael Baldwin, Mel Ramsden & Charles Harrison) - Visiting Professors, Sir John Cass Dept of Art, Media and Design, London Metropolitan University

Sara Cannizzaro - Communication and Subjectivity Research Group, London Metropolitan University

Paul Cobley - Reader in Communications, Sir John Cass Dept of Art Media & Design, London Metropolitan University and Founding Editor, Subject Matters Journal

Mary Anne Francis - Research Fellow, Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts, London and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, University of Brighton

Ken Friedman - design scholar and Professor of Leadership and Strategic Design, Norwegian School of Management

Mette Gieskes - Lecturer in History of Art, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Francis Halsall - Lecturer, National College for Art & Design, Dublin

Robert Linsley - Dept. of Fine Arts, University of Waterloo, Ontario

Peter Osborne - Professor of Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University

Chris Smith - Sir John Cass Dept of Art Media & Design, London Metropolitan University

Kitty Zijlmans - Professor of Contemporary Art History, Faculty of Arts, Leiden University, the Netherlands.


£20/15 concessions and Whitechapel Members
Free for Whitechapel Patrons and Associates
Booking essential

In collaboration with Visual Arts Practice Research Group, Sir John Cass Dept of Art Media & Design, London Metropolitan University, The Whitechapel, Unit 2 Gallery and The National College of Art and Design, Dublin