London – September 2015 – Inspiring Creativity and Culture

Veronica C. Wilkinson.

The sight of Sir Joshua Reynold’s statue from one angle seemed to play among the treetops of Ai Weiwei’s Ironwood tree installation in the courtyard of the Royal Academy Galleries conjuring up thoughts of Bachelard’s Poetics of Space and other flights of imagination when I visited the retrospective exhibition in London in September. This exhibition spans disciplines and communicates effectively with the slick punch I have learned to expect from an artist of Weiwei’s status. There is an interesting symbiosis inherent in his conflict with Chinese government authorities and their role in constraints enforced on his travel and multifaceted status and practice as a human rights activist. His role facilitating artisanal work that promotes traditional skill and craft serves to underline the necessity of practical economic intervention to emphasize effective artistic communication in visual signals that transcend language and prejudice. His public support on a practical level is evidenced by crowd funded facets of his endeavours. The exhibition has received mixed reactions from critics with perspectives and impressions as diverse as those of Matthew Collings and Adrian Searle.

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CIHA Colloquium call for papers: “New Worlds: Frontiers, Inclusion, Utopias”, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – August 25th to 29th, 2015

Herewith the call for papers for the CIHA colloquium “New Worlds: Frontiers, Inclusion, Utopias” to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – August 25th to 29th, 2015. The support of the Getty for students attendance and meeting is particularly to be noticed.

Please find attached the call for papers and the application for PhD students.

Proposals (1000 words) for presentations should be sent to the selection committee in one of the 5 official languages of the CIHA (German, English,French, Italian, Spanish) or Portuguese, with a short summary in English (not exceeding 250 words) and a short curriculum vitae (not exceeding 150 words) before November 17th, 2014.
Publication of Selection Results: December 17, 2014.
Contact for Application for Proposals:
newworldsrio2015@gmail.com

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SAVAH TALKS 2014 Lecture 1. Modern or Contemporary: New Trends in Artistic Practices in Africa and its Diaspora by Prof Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz

As an organisation of art historians, art critics and professional art practitioners, the South African Visual Art Historians (SAVAH) provides a platform for research in the arts and seeks to forge relations with practitioners from other disciplines and regions. SAVAH recognises that new forms of scholarship in the arts necessitate continuous public engagement. To this end, SAVAH would like to hold lectures and panel discussions at public institutions around the country. This year one lecture and a panel discussion were held in collaboration with IZIKO South African National Gallery (SANG) and Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT.
Public lectures are given by academics as well as art practitioners whose work reflects engagement with various socio-political contexts. We seek to align most lectures and panel discussions with current exhibitions at institutions such as the SANG so that this series of lectures serves a greater purpose for the SAVAH and the public.

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