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RCA talks

Visual Cultures Lecture Series: Johnny Golding / Shumon Basar / Tom McCarthy

1 November 2016 | 6.30pm – 8pm

Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre

For the second of our Visual Cultures Lecture Series 2016/17,  we are pleased to welcome Johnny Golding & Shumon Basar who will present their recent research and discuss The Post-Human & The Future of Technology. The conversation will be chaired by Tom McCarthy. The lecture is free and open to all - it will also be live broadcast by this is tomorrow.

Johnny Golding is Research Professor of Philosophy & Fine Art and Director of the Centre for Fine Art Research (CFAR), Birmingham School of Art, BCU. She is Lead Researcher of The Radical Matter in Art & Philosophy Centre of Excellence at CFAR-Birmingham School of Art, in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media - BCU
Research interests: Contemporary, Continental Philosophy, Fine Art, Electronic & Media Arts, meta-mathematics, quatum physics, non-representational fractal ana-materialisms.

Shumon Basar is a writer, thinker and cultural critic. He is co-author of The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present with Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist (Penguin/Blue Rider, 2015). His edited books include Translated By, Cities from Zero and Hans Ulrich Obrist Interviews Volume 2. He is Commissioner of the Global Art Forum in Dubai, editor-at-large of Tank magazine and contributing editor of Bidoun magazine, director of the Format program at the AA School, and a founding member of Fondazione Prada’s ;Thought Council'.

Chairing– Tom McCarthy was born in 1969 and lives in London. His first two novels, Remainder and Men In Space, have been published internationally to much acclaim. Remainder, winner of the Believer Prize 2008, is currently being adapted for film by FILM 4. A fluent commentator on both written and visual arts, Tom has made guest appearances on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, and writes for a wide variety of print publications such as the Independent, London Review of Books and TLS.

ABOUT THE VISUAL CUTLURES 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.