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Visual Cultures Lecture Series: 'That Language Matters: Example, Testimony, Performance'

20 February 2018 | 6.30pm – 8pm

Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Part of the Visual Cultures Lecture Series, this event looks at how, in the activities of artistic research, cultural production and theoretical practice, writing and therefore language matters. Picking up on a demand, this event opens onto an urgency to question instrumentalisation — not only of language and art, but also politics. Through the forms of example, testimony or spoken performance, the four contributors to this event will show how the written or spoken word matters — that language matters.


Mira Mattar writes fiction and poetry. She is a contributing editor at Mute and co-runs a small press. She recently edited the first critical anthology on author Chris Kraus.

Marina Vishmidt is a writer and theorist. She is a Lecturer in Culture Industry at Goldsmiths, University of London and runs a theory seminar at the Dutch Art Institute. 

Benjamin Noys is Professor of Critical Theory at the University of Chichester. He is the author of Georges Bataille (2000), The Culture of Death (2005), The Persistence of the Negative (2010) and Malign Velocities (2014). 

Ash Sarkar is senior editor at Novara Media and lectures in political theory at Anglia Ruskin University and the Sandberg Instituut.

This event has been organised by the RCA School of Arts & Humanities. If you have any queries, please contact Anne Duffau for more information.


  • Mira Mattar

  • Marina Vishmidt

  • Benjamin Noys

  • Ash Sarkar