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8 Sep 2016

Cross-School Workshop on Art Activism and Political Violence

Ruth Kinna and Gillian Whiteley will be hosting a workshop funded by the Independent Social Research Foundation on Art Activism and Political Violence on 21-22 September. This cross-school event builds on two years of successful collaboration in the Critical Citizenship and Art Activism group, supported by the CCC Challenge. 

By looking at the ways that violence is constructed, reconstructed and iterated through art this workshop invites participants to explore the potential of art activism to offer an accessible, albeit challenging platform to open up complex, abstract concepts of legitimacy, provocation, domination and social responsibility in the public realm.

The workshop has been conceived as a dialogue between art activists and scholars working in radical art practice and political theory. The aim is to employ art activism as a lens to analyse/re-examine concepts in political theory which seek to explain violence. We are seeking to develop a theoretically-informed but non-philosophical approach to political violence and to explore its fluidity. We want to consider how art activists situate and depict violence, how (if at all) they attempt to communicate to wider publics, how the contexts in which art activism operates influence the types of action artists take and how questions about the use of violence are addressed through interventions.