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The Urgency of the Arts Lecture Series: 'Folding in the institution' by Jonathan P Watts

15 January 2020 | 4pm – 5.30pm

Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre


Join us for the next installment of the Urgency of the Arts lecture series: 'Folding in the institution' by Jonathan P Watts. 

In this lecture, Jonathan will think through the anthropologist Athena Athanasiou’s idea of ‘performing the institution’ in relation to several artists’ practices that employ the contract to make the institution work for them.

Institutional critique and the idea of self-criticality – institutional self-criticality – is often an inherent part of the auto-narrative of many institutions – museums, art galleries, higher education institutions. How does what MTL Collective have called ‘the infrastructural turn’ depart from art historical ideas of institutional critique ? 

Jonathan P. Watts is a writer, editor and occasional curator who lives and works in Great Yarmouth.

The Urgency of the Arts Lecture Series

What does arts and humanities research and practice have to offer in our current socio-political climate? The Urgency of the Arts aims to promote an understanding of the necessity – as opposed to the luxury – of the arts and to create platforms that address the invaluable tools that creative practices can provide in a drive towards developing an understanding of how the powers of creativity and culture can become the most significant agents of change. At a time of increasing violent extremism and climate disaster it is essential that the value and contribution of arts and culture is recognised. Through engaged thinking and dialogue we hope to take the question of the urgency of the arts beyond the borders of the art and design school and into the world in order to expand knowledge of how we engage creatively for impact and transformation.