RCA talks

Visual Cultures Lecture Series: Esther Leslie & Mike Stubbs

18 October 2016 | 6.30pm

Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre

For the first of the Visual Cultures Lecture Series 2016/17,  we are pleased to welcome Esther Leslie & Mike Stubbs who will present their recent research and discuss The Politics of Technology. The conversation will be chaired by Jonathan P. Watts, Research Tutor at the RCA School of Fine Art. The lecture is free and open to all - it will also be broadcast live by this is tomorrow.

Esther Leslie is Professor of Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck College, University of London. A prominent radical thinker, she has devoted an extensive part of her work to the analysis of modernism – notably in her 2002 book, Hollywood Flatlands: Animation, Critical Theory and the Avant-garde. Another important of her research deals with the interaction between theory and material culture, engaging specifically with the conception of fashion in critical theory, for example in Marx’s work.

Mike Stubbs is the Director/CEO of FACT, the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, a leading organization for the commissioning and presentation of film, video and new media art forms. He has won awards for his work in the arts and moving image. His work encompasses film, video, mixed media installations and performance. Previously he was Head of Exhibition Programs for the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Senior Research Fellow at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and DesignVisual Research Centre (The University of Dundee) and founding Director at Hull Time Based Arts (HTBA).

Chairing – Jonathan P Watts is an Art critic writing for Frieze and is an associate lecturer for Nottingham Trent University. 

About the Visual Cultures Lecture Series 2016/17: Orientations – Locate & Reshape 

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. 

Next 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.