PPRG upcoming meetings dates 2019/20 at Loughborough University campus

Wed 12 February 2020  2pm-4pm  

Join us at a Re-imagining Citizenship project collective reading session

This event will take place in room 63.1.08 of the Edward Barnsley Building.

As a response to the handbook, Tom Nys and Sophia Kier-Byfield set up two reading group sessions at the Palazzo Mora in Venice, in the margins of the biennial. In a similar fashion, also addressing one of the two main themes there, they would like to bring the concept to our academic home base of Loughborough University.

Under the title of “[Re-]Imagining the Family: Forms, Values, Planning and Alternatives”, the reading group session will deal with the role of the traditional family in contemporary politics. Together we will read Chapter 10 from “Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center” by bell hooks. Even though this text was originally published in 1984, Tom and Sophia believe it is still extremely relevant in regard of current ideals, values and norms about what constitutes a family, and that it will instigate fruitful discussions.

No prior knowledge is required and the texts well be accessible at the event. There is no pressure to read anything beforehand. The intention is to both read and discuss together on the day.

Meeting dates 2019/20 – Wed 16 October 2019 2pm in Wavy Top WAV046/Wed 13 November 2pm in WAV046/Wed 4 December 2pm in SMB102/Wed 12 February 2pm in Edward Barnsley 63.1.08/Wed 11 March 2pm venue tbc/Wed 6 May 2pm venue tbc

The Politicized Practice Research Group starts from a shared question rather than a specific disciplinary context, asking, how can contemporary art contribute to social and political change? Politicized Practice is not about attempting a ‘representation’ of politics. Our aim is to act on and intervene into the political conditions of specific disciplines, for example, visual culture’s relationship to art history, anti-art ideas in relation to Fine Art practice and social graphics’ relationship to capital. ‘Critical practice’ denotes the various modernist projects in which a medium determines its own limits and specialisms through the use of its own methods and concepts; for example, where painting critiques painting, and thought critiques thought. ‘Politicized practice’, therefore, enables us to engage in a more productive collection of interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary dialogues and debates.

Through a combination of cultural production and the development of theoretical and critical perspectives we examine culture’s role in the development of the public sphere. Our work acknowledges the function of culture in the articulation of politics and asserts its contribution to emancipation through art and design. Our research in this field manifests in direct public engagement, through events, projects and publishing. The scope of research undertaken within the group addresses a range of disciplines including art and the public sphere, curation, social graphics, visual culture, histories and theories of art and all forms of contemporary art practice.  

The Politicized Practice Research Group is engaged in collaborative and individual projects which can be attributed to the following areas and themes:

  • Activism and Art
  • Art and the Public Sphere
  • Social and Political Art Practice
  • Radical Aesthetics
  • Interdisciplinary Research in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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