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Castoriadis Revisited: Questioning the radical imaginary in contemporary art and curatorial practices

Loughborough University, Leicestershire

deadline for proposals: 31 Marc 2015, Symposium: 17 June 2015


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A Politicized Practice Research Group event at Loughborough University
WEDNESDAY June 17th 2015 10am to 5pm
Cope Auditorium


Call for Participation

Recent art world interest in political activisms has largely lacked any specific articulation of the scope of artistic agency within social and political processes. Revisiting the ideas and writings of Cornelius Castoriadis,  founder of the left-wing journal Socialisme Ou Barbarie and author of the ‘Imaginary Institution of Society’ (1975),  this symposium aims to explore the notion of the ‘radical imaginary’ within the discourses around art, politics and institutions, in  the light of current and nascent forms of interaction between art and activist practices. How does the social imaginary relate to practice from a cultural and artistic point of view? Do the arts have an emancipatory social capacity which leads towards the institution of autonomy, as Castoriadis envisioned? How might the notion of the radical imaginary be utilised within the current state of the arts in order to initiate such a process?

Three international keynote speakers - art critic/writer Brian Holmes (based Chicago), artist Brett Bloom (Temporary Services, based Copenhagen)and curator/writer Simon Sheikh (Goldsmiths, London) - will lead a series of panels that reflect on these compelling questions. We invite proposals from artists, curators and researchers for 20 mins papers or presentations to address the notion of the radical and/or social imaginary and contemporary practices.

Guidelines for proposals: Please send a title and abstract for your proposal (max 300 words) PLUS a brief bio (max 150 words) to Aria Spinelli  a.i.spinelli@lboro.ac.uk  and Gillian Whiteley  g.whiteley@lboro.ac.uk 

Deadline for proposals: FRIDAY 31st MARCH 2015