Monday, 24 June 2013

The Trouble with Research

Institute of International Visual Arts
Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA
27 Jun 2013

CMCR's Tahera Aziz is one of the speakers at this symposium, organised to  celebrate the success of the recently created Stuart Hall Library Research Network.

Established in January 2013, the Research Network is a monthly meeting place for postgraduate researchers (artists, critics, curators) to present work that resonates with Iniva's vision for visual arts and international perspectives. 

The day will include presentations which recognise research and creativity as a practice and process of questioning, problematising, critiquing culture and which engage with some the following areas:

- Stuart Hall's work on culture and representation
- Artistic and/or curatorial practice
- Filmmaking and media analysis
- Cultural histories - local and diasporic
- Literary Studies including criticism and theory
- Researching visual archives
- The relationship between contemporary visual art and cultural politics

Book a place online here.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Joy Devotion

3pm, Thursday 20 June

Studio 55, Keyworth Building

London South Bank University, Keyworth Street SE1

Located just over 15 miles outside of the English hub of Manchester, Macclesfield was the home of the late singer and lyricist Ian Curtis, front man for post-punk pioneers Joy Division. The ashes of Curtis are now buried minutes away from where he lived, at the Macclesfield Cemetery and Crematorium. Though it has been over 30 years since he took his life, an estimated 2,000 people annually make their way to the small, quaint Northern town, on a quest to pay homage to Curtis. Traveling from as far as Japan, Texas and Australia, fans embark on sonic pilgrimages to walk the streets that inspired Curtis, see the house he once inhabited, and pay their respects at Curtis’s Memorial Stone. As a part of her PhD research, photographer Jennifer Otter Bickerdike captured images of the fans, flowers and fauna every month over the course of a year at the Curtis ‘kerb’, documenting the ever-changing homages to the singer and providing unique insight into music, community and memory.

Jennifer Otter Bickerdike had her first paid position in the music industry at age 18, as College Marketing Representative for Sony Music, touring with Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine and Nirvana. At 25 she became West Coast Marketing Director for Interscope Geffen A & M Records, creating branding and marketing campaigns for artists such as No Doubt, Sting, U2 and Eminem. In 2003 she started her own marketing company, working with a variety of culture industry tastemakers, including L.A.M.B., Facebook and Quannum Projects, while lecturing at San Francisco State University and writing her MA on Morrissey fandom as religion. Currently, Jennifer is Senior Lecturer at the University of East London while completing her PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London.