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Filtering by Category: art

Performing Death: Derek Jarman’s Medial Blues


Can film transcend its material embodiment beyond celluloid print? John Winn examines Derek Jarman’s audio-visual work Blue (1993), reading it as a transmedial performance rather than a film, while foregrounding corporealities, textures, sounds and voices, thereby opening up the ways in which Blue brings to light questions concerning death.

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Sonic Archeology


How does the past sound like? Artist Abigail Sidebotham dives into the ancient sound of an abandoned copper quarry with her experimental film Tattered Rocks, while giving rise to the sound of the present and a vision of the future, offering metaphysical reflections on the nature of language and our relation to the world.

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Defusing Before Night Falls


Can a civilian ever understand the experience of a soldier? Artist Peter Voss-Knude talks to war psychologist Anne Lillelund about the challenges facing soldiers returning from war, the effects of trauma and the importance of the body, whilst reflecting on his own music and practice.

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The Critical Agency of the ‘Avatar-I’: Accessing the Silence of the Inaudible


Can we access the plurality of our contemporary world through silence? And to what do the limits of our sonic imagination attest to? Artist and writer Salomé Voegelin re-listens to the body in silence, so as to grant a new agency, whereby she re-positions the relationship between the self and others at the edge of the aesthetic and political.

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Capturing Silence


Is it possible to capture the essential in silence? Photographer Ryan Trimble attempts to catch a glimpse of the self's multiplicity and fragmentation on celluloid, embedding it in the external context of our lived experience, while wondering whether this ambition is always and already impossible to attain.

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Being Silence


How can art introduce ambiguity into our experience of the everyday? Artist Becky Beasley talks to four by three about her practice, muteness as a form of resistance, the liminal space between photography and sculpture, and the place of death in the photographic image.

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How does sound transform the spaces we inhabit? four by three talks to artist Susan Philipsz about her practice, sound as a form of sculpture, the politics of silence and song, vocalising forgotten histories and the ethical challenges of remembrance.

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Nihilism as the Deepest Problem; Art as the Best Response


How can art and poetry encourage existential trajectories that move beyond the nihilism of late-modernity? American philosopher Iain Thomson turns towards the German philosopher Martin Heidegger, in order to illustrate nihilism as our deepest historical problem and art as our best response, while establishing Heidegger's insights into postmodernity and technology.

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Bad New Days


What is the relationship between contemporary capitalism and art? Art critic and historian Hal Foster talks to four by three magazine about the shifting practices of the avant-garde, artists Isa Genzken and Thomas Hirschhorn, while addressing whether art can resist the present nihilistic world in an age often defined as post-critical.

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The Art of Resistance


What can literature teach us about resistance and how can this lead to politically subversive effects? Examining Maurice Blanchot's remarks on the revolution of May '68 and Michel Foucault's on the Iranian Revolution, Alex Düttmann argues that literary fiction provides insight into one of the strongest forms of defiance.

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The World Through A Lens


Where will you find the world? Steffi Pusch's photographic work is an extension of the process of how to relate to the world around us. Her work reflects the ambivalent experience of being at home, being elsewhere, being alien, being different, being involved.

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Distant People and Self-Soothing Objects


How can painting express an experience beyond an appearance? four by three talks to Phoebe Unwin about her current solo exhibition 'Distant People and Self-Soothing Objects' at Wilkinson Gallery, discussing painting, photography, the transitory and the human significance of distraction

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In The End of Abstraction


What possibilities remain for abstract painting in the 21st century? Callum Green's paintings explore the potentials of the modernist drive to formalism and abstraction in the wake of commercialism, painting's exhaustion and the collapse of medium specificity.

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