For & Against: Art, Politics and the Pamphlet
Invitation to participate in a public symposium
Friday May 26, 2017
Keynote: Mark McGowan, aka Artist Taxi Driver and Chunkymark
We invite you to respond to the idea, concept, format, aesthetic, function, relevance, purpose or history of the political pamphlet. Presentations will take two forms:
- Academic papers (20 mins) – responses to histories of the political pamphlet and its relevance and/or development in art practice
- Performative presentations (10 mins) in the form of ‘rants’ or manifestos – you are invited to interpret the format as imaginatively and provocatively as possible.
Proposals (A4 max) should include an outline of the topic / approach for academic paper or performative presentation together with short bio. Deadline: Friday 15th January 2017
For and Against: Art, Politics and the Pamphlet is a two-day research and public ‘festival’ event to be held in Loughborough May 2017, responding to research into the political pamphlet and exploring the relevance of the pamphlet for contemporary art practice. The programme will work across two days:
- FRIDAY 26TH MAY
SYMPOSIUM – comprising presentations in response to the call as above
- SATURDAY 27TH MAY
PUBLIC EVENTS – held across sites including Charnwood Museum, Loughborough Library and Queens Park, Loughborough, this day-long event will include a range of public activity including live performative elements by artists commissioned by Radar to respond to the themes of the symposium. Contributions will be made by artists Patrick Goddard, Ferenc Gróf, Ciara Phillips and Rory Pilgrim. In the park there will also be a range of interactive stalls encouraging public participation in the making of a new pamphlet as well as exhibitions displaying collections of historical and contemporary pamphlets inside the library and museum.
Jane Tormey/Gill Whiteley