A Politicized Practice Research
Group event at Loughborough University
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and Gillian Whiteley email@example.com
Deadline for proposals: FRIDAY 31st MARCH 2015