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The Urgency of the Arts Lecture Series: Johnny Golding

9 October 2019 | 4pm – 5.30pm

Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Johnny Golding is Professor of Philosophy & Fine Art at the RCA, and a philosopher poet whose slightly obsessive curiosity plays with and against alchemies of diffraction, dimension, incompleteness and entanglement. This ‘play’ is foreground on a multiple logic; the logics of sense, the logics erotic praxis and the strange materialities of the (or an) object. This focus underscores a complex intra-disciplinary move, one that embraces the poetics of encounter (smell, voice, dirt, colour, erotic praxis, gender politics) alongside post-Newtonian physics, meta-mathematics and continental philosophy. In so doing, her research breaches traditional metaphysics and the methodological approaches associated with it (universalism, dialectics, semiotics, transcendence, representation, negation, phallus, lack), and contributes, instead, to a significant, experimental, queer and rigorous re-think of contemporary art in terms of its making. She calls this new, vibrant, practice-led approach 'radical matter'.

Golding’s latest works include: 'The Photography of Thought', in Rubinstein’s Fragment of Photography (Routledge: 2020); Data Loam: Sometimes Hard, Usually Soft (the future of knowledge systems) Golding, Reinhart and Paganelli (De Gruyter Press- forthcoming); 'Friendship', in Turner, Sellbach and Broglio (Edinburgh book of Animal Studies, EUP: 2018), Of The Thick and the Raw: Cannibalising the 21st Century, OAR, Oxford, 2018 and The 9th Technology of Otherness. Her recent texts and poetic-philosophic installations have recenely been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Vienna, Bogotá and Berlin. When not on a construction site, you may find her running in the company of wolves.