RCA talks

Visual Cultures Lecture Series: Marvin Gaye Chetwynd & Nina Power

14 March 2017 | 6.30pm

Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre

For this forthcoming talk at the School of Fine Art's flagship lecture series, we have invited Marvin Gaye Chetwynd & Nina Power to discuss  the subconscious and the interpretation of contemporaneity – chaired by Michael Newman.

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd's practice combines performance, sculpture, painting, installation and video. Her performances and videos harness elements of folk plays, street spectacles, literature and multiple other genres. They generally employ troupes of performers, friends and relatives of the artist and feature handmade costumes and props. For over a decade, she has also worked on an extensive series of paintings collectively titled Bat Opera. 

Nina Power received her PhD in Philosophy from Middlesex University on the topic of Humanism and Anti-Humanism in Post-War French Philosophy, and also has an MA and BA in Philosophy from Warwick. She has taught at Middlesex, Orpington College, London College of Communication, Morley College and Roehampton University, where she is also currently a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy. She is a fellow of the RSA and a member of the British Philosophical Association.

About the Visual Cultures Lecture Series

During the last academic year our Visual Cultures Lecture series addressed the theme of global transformations. The series facilitated discussions between artists, historians, theorists and cultural critics. 
This year, in order better to understand the context in which art is made and received, we plan to extend the debate from our cultural and contextual awareness of global change through a focused engagement on cultural identities – considering such themes as national or cultural belonging, gender identities and the politics of technology.

We aim to create a platform for knowledge exchange through this series of public talks. Each event will host two guests in a conversation chaired by one member of RCA staff to debate subjects that we feel need to be addressed not only within art and education but also in a broader context. Observing societal changes, with instability and uncertainty of this year ahead, we will ask how we can transform, orientate or re-orientate existing practices, disciplines and structures in order to meet these challenges.
 The big questions for us are to do with how can we address and reshape presumed territories, ideas and models to create other ways of seeing the future.