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Work & Days

Work & Days

MARXISM IN CULTURE: AUTUMN TERM SEMINARS 2014

All seminars start at 5.30. This term all seminars are held in the Large Conference Room at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU aside from the second seminar this term, which will take place at UCL and begin at 5pm.

The seminar closes at 7.30pm and retires to the bar.

 

Friday 17 October

Julian Stallabrass (The Courtauld Institute) and Dave Beech (Chelsea College of Art and Design)

‘Anti Frieze’ – An anti-celebration of Frieze week with Dave Beech and Julian Stallabrass.

Dave Beech: The Ullage of Luxury: the economics of the art fair

Julian Stallabrass: Just a Luxury Good?

Location: The Large Conference Room

 

Friday 21 November. PLEASE NOTE EARLIER START AND LOCATION

Book launch for Frances Stracey, ‘Constructed Situations: A New History of the Situationist International’ (Pluto Press)

Roundtable discussion with Briony Fer (UCL), Cadence Kinsey (UCL) and Pete Smith, followed by a drinks reception in the History of Art department at UCL.

Location and time: 5-7.30 pm at UCL – Pearson G22 Lecture Theatre.

 

Friday 28 November

Jeremy Spencer (Camberwell College of Art and Design and the Open University)

Aesthetics and Politics within Godard’s Cinema

Location: The Large Conference Room

 

Friday 12 December

Danny Hayward (Birkbeck)

Marxist Irrationality: A Cultural Prospectus and Overview

Location: The Large Conference Room

 

Organisers: Matthew Beaumont, Dave Beech, Alan Bradshaw, Warren Carter, Gail Day, Steve Edwards, Larne Abse Gogarty, Esther Leslie, David Mabb, Antigoni Memou, Chrysi Papaioannou, Nina Power, Dominic Rahtz, Pete Smith, Peter Thomas & Alberto Toscano.

For further information, please contact Larne Abse Gogarty at larne.gogarty.09@ucl.ac.uk or Chrysi Papaioannou at chrysi_p@yahoo.co.uk.
All welcome.

Marxism in Culture: www.marxisminculture.org

First Published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/marxism-in-culture-autumn-term

 

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Work & Days

Work & Days

MARXISM IN CULTURE: SUMMER 2014

Seminars take place on Friday 17:30-19:30 in the University of London’s Senate House (Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU).

Unless otherwise stated, seminars are held in The Court Room.

Please note the final seminar this term takes place on Tuesday* (time and location remain unchanged).

 

Friday 9 May

Roundtable with Warwick Research Collective (WReC)

‘Combined and Uneven Development: Towards a New Theory of World Literature’

 

Friday 6 June
Esther Leslie (Birkbeck)
‘Liquid Crystals of the Revolution’

 

Friday 20 June
Mark Abel (Brighton)
‘Explanation or critique? What is the role of Marxist musicology?’
Location: Bloomsbury Room G35

 

First published in: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/marxism-in-culture-summer-2014

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a song by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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Rikowski Point: http://rikowskpoint.blogspot.com

Aesthetics

Aesthetics

MARXISM IN CULTURE SEMINARS – SUMMER TERM 2013

Friday 7th June

17:30-19:30
Room 349 (Senate House, Malet Street, London)

Kate Crehan (City University of New York)

“Art” with a Capital “A” and the Practice of Community Art

For forty years the community arts and public arts group, Free Form Arts Trust, (1970-2010) was a significant player in British community arts, playing a major part in the 1970s struggle to carve out a space for community arts in Britain.  Having turned their back on the world of gallery art, the fine-artist founders of Free Form were determined to use their visual expertise to connect, through collaborative art projects, with the working-class people excluded, as they saw it, by the established art world.  To what extent did these artists succeed in making art for, and with working-class people?  How radical was their rejection the world of gallery art, the world of what the art historian Paul Kristeller calls Art with a capital ‘A’?  And what effect did their turn away from the established art world have on their practice as artists, and on their aesthetic language?

Kate Crehan is Professor of Anthropology at the College of Staten Island and the GraduateCenter, City University of New York.  Her publications include The Fractured Community: Landscapes of Power and Gender in Rural Zambia; Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology (translated into Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean and Turkish); and Community Art: An Anthropological Perspective.  She is currently working on a book manuscript exploring Gramsci’s concepts of subalternity, common sense and the organic intellectual.

For further information, please contact Larne Abse Gogarty at larne.gogarty.09@ucl.ac.uk or Chrysi Papaioannou at chrysi_p@yahoo.co.uk.

All welcome!

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/next-marxism-in-culture-seminar-friday-7th-june

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Becoming Human

Becoming Human

MARXISM IN CULTURE SEMINARS – SPRING TERM 2013

Friday 22 March 2013

17:30-19:30
Room 349 (Senate House, Malet Street, London)

Anke Gilleir (University of Leuven)

“Anna Blume is Put to Death”: The Reframing of Rosa Luxemburg in the German Avant-Garde

In the eyes of many avant-garde artists and intellectuals, the leaders of the German Spartakist movement, Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg, quite literally embodied the revolution and served as examples of a total commitment to the people’s liberation. After the brutal assassination of Liebknecht and Luxemburg in January 1919 in the wake of the so-called November Revolution, the avant-garde attempted to keep the revolution alive, in part through the commemoration of the political protagonists in its artistic productions. However, this process of immortalization reveals the boundaries of an art and literature that so far had defied all forms of traditional mimetic and iconic representation. In this paper, I focus in particular on the artistic materialization (or lack thereof) of Rosa Luxemburg, and illustrate how the German avant-gardes, with few exceptions, lacked the visual and rhetorical means to represent her as a revolutionary woman intellectual. 

Anke Gilleir is associate professor of Modern German literature at the University of Leuven, where she teaches various subjects on the bachelor and master program. Her main point of interest since the beginning of her research has been “extraordinary women who in eccentrical directions [rush] out of the orbit prescribed to their sex” (Mary Wollstonecraft) in the field of literature from the late eighteenth century onward. In contemporary terms this means that gender is the leitmotiv in her research on German women’s literature, on literature and politics, aesthetics, ideology and intellectualism, and historiography of literature. Her latest publication is a volume on the German-Jewish author and philosopher Margarete Susman (1872-1966): Grenzgänge zwischen Dichtung, Philosophie und Kulturkritik. Über Margarete Susman (Wallstein Göttingen 2012, co-edited with Barbara Hahn) and together with Lorella Bosco she is currently preparing a volume on women artists and writers of the German avant-garde: Schmerz, Lust. Weibliche Avantgarde in Deutschland.

All welcome.

www.marxisminculture.org

First published in: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/next-marxism-in-culture-senate-house-friday-22-march

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Birds

FASHION AND MATERIALISM

Ulrich Lehmann (University for the Creative Arts)

Marxism in Culture Seminar
Friday 15 June 2012, 17.30-19.30
Senate Room, 1st Floor Senate House (Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU)

Fashion is the most materialist of industries, promoting the constant consumption of new objects at ever increasing intervals. Yet fashion has not been subject to any substantial materialist critique or analysis. In this seminar I will discuss the historical basis and contemporary approach to a materialism of fashion.
Ulrich Lehmann is a cultural historian living inLondon. He works across two areas of research: 1) European cultural history of the long nineteenth century (French Revolution to fin-de-siecle), in particular artisanal labour, its organisation and products; 2) modern fashion history and theory (1860 to today), especially the cross-over between clothing and other cultural philosophies and expressions.
All welcome!

http://www.marxisminculture.org

 

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

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Damien Hirst

DAMIEN HIRST: THE CAPITALIST SUBLIME?

Friday, 1 June, 17.30-19.30
Senate Room, 1st Floor Senate House (Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU)

Luke White (Middlesex University): ‘Damien Hirst: The Capitalist Sublime?’

Damien Hirst is perhaps the absolute epitome of the capitalist artist. He is also a figure – in the bare objective terms of his economic and institutional success – who demands close attention as a cultural phenomenon: not, perhaps, an exemplary artist for our era, but certainly a deeply symptomatic and significant one. He is also a cultural producer who, whatever we may feel about his ethos, at his rare best has provided us with some of the art world’s most memorable, iconic images of recent decades. 

To better understand the Hirst phenomenon, this paper makes an analysis of his place within a long line of cultural producers who have been involved with the commercialised and commodified instantiations of art oriented to the sublime, a lineage stretching back to the modern (re-)discovery of this aesthetic in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. It proposes that the sublime has been an aesthetic profoundly implicated in the rise of capital, and is intimately intertwined, in particular, with the highly liquid, ‘imperialist’ forms if this that characterise both the contemporary Neoliberal scene (of which Hirst might be imagined to be the court painter) and that of the eighteenth century alike. This paper seeks to define a Hirstean or capitalist sublime in which the fantasies of the modern, capitalist subject and its structuring experiences in the social and economic are reflected, formed and negotiated.

Luke White is Lecturer in Visual Culture and History of Art and Design at Middlesex University. His PhD was entitled ‘Damien Hirst and the Legacy of the Sublime in Contemporary Art and Culture’, and with Claire Pajaczkowska he was the editor of The Sublime Now (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009).

All welcome!

www.marxisminculture.org

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

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North Atlantic Oscillation

North Atlantic Oscillation

MARXISM IN CULTURE – PROGRAMME FOR SUMMER TERM 2012

Friday 18 May

Forgotten Futures: Municipal Cinema as the People’s Cinema?

Elizabeth Lebas (Middlesex University)

Friday 01 June

Damien Hirst: The Capitalist Sublime?

Luke White (Middlesex University)

Friday 15 June

Fashion and Materialism

Ulrich Lehmann (University for the Creative Arts)

Friday 29 June

Book Launch of Steve Edwards’ (Open University) Martha Rosler, The Bowery in two inadequate descriptive systems – published by Afterall

All seminars start at 5.30pm, and are held in the Court Room (unless otherwise indicated) at the Institute of Historical Research in Senate House, Malet St, London. The seminar closes at 7.30pm and retires to the bar.

Organisers: Matthew Beaumont, Dave Beech, Alan Bradshaw, Warren Carter, Gail Day, Steve Edwards, Larne Abse Gogarty, Owen Hatherley, Esther Leslie, David Mabb, Antigoni Memou, Chrysi Papaioannou, Nina Power, Dominic Rahtz, Pete Smith, Peter Thomas & Alberto Toscano.

For further information, contact Warren Carter, at: w.carter@ucl.ac.uk or Esther Leslie at: e.leslie@bbk.ac.uk

Soft Coda, by North Atlantic Oscillation, from their ‘Fog Electric’ album: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkAhSSeR8j0 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Cultural Marxism

MARXISM IN CULTURE: PROGRAMME FOR THE AUTUMN TERM 2011

Friday 14 October
Financialisation, Monetisation, Privatisation: Creating the New Market in Higher Education
Andrew McGettigan (Central Saint Martins)

Friday 28 October
Self-emancipation, activity theory, and political deskilling / reskilling: Some thoughts on organising into a big fish
Alex Levant (Wilfred Laurier University)

Friday 25 November
A Socialist Realist Sander: Comparative Portraiture as a Marxist Model in the German Democratic Republic
Sarah James (University College London)

Friday 09 December
Cultures of Marxism 1: Publishing and the Left
Contributors to be confirmed

All seminars start at 5.30pm, and are held in the Court Room (unless otherwise indicated) at the Institute of Historical Research in Senate House, Malet St, London. The seminar closes at 7.30pm and retires to the bar.

Organisers: Matthew Beaumont, Dave Beech, Alan Bradshaw, Warren Carter, Gail Day, Steve Edwards, Larne Abse Gogarty, Owen Hatherley, Esther Leslie, David Mabb, Antigoni Memou,Chrysi Papaioannou, Nina Power, Dominic Rahtz, Pete Smith, Peter Thomas & Alberto Toscano.

For further information, contact Warren Carter, at: w.carter@ucl.ac.uk
or Esther Leslie at: e.leslie@bbk.ac.uk

Cheers,
Warren

Warren Carter
Teaching Fellow
History of Art
University College London
Tel:- 020 3108 4023

 

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Cultural Marxism

MARXISM IN CULTURE

PROGRAMME FOR SPRING TERM 2011

Friday 21 January
Is Another World Possible? The Politics of Utopia & the Surpassing of Capitalism in Recent Exhibition Practice
TJ Demos (University College London)

Friday 04 March
Reading Group – text yet to be decided

Friday 25 March
Spaghetti Communism? The Politics of the Italian Western
Ben Noys (University of Chichester)

All seminars start at 5.30pm, and are held in the Wolfson Room (unless otherwise indicated) at the Institute of Historical Research in Senate House, Malet St, London. The seminar closes at 7.30pm and retires to the bar.

Organisers: Matthew Beaumont, Alan Bradshaw, Warren Carter, Gail Day, Steve Edwards, Larne Abse Gogarty, Owen Hatherley, Esther Leslie, David Mabb, Antigoni Memou, Nina Power, Dominic Rhatz, Pete Smith & Alberto Toscano.

For further information, contact Warren Carter, at: w.carter@ucl.ac.uk or Esther Leslie at: e.leslie@bbk.ac.uk

Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Higher Education Crisis

CULTURES OF OCCUPATION AND DEMONSTRATION – 2010 / 1968 /1917

In the context of numerous student occupations of their universities and mass demonstrations, the seminar Marxism in Culture has organised a special session on:

17th December

Institute of Historical Research

Senate House, University of London

5.30

All welcome

‘Cultures of Occupation and Demonstration: 2010/1968/1917’

With:

Warren Carter
Gail Day
Steve Edwards
Esther Leslie
David Mabb
Nina Power
Alberto Toscano

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Culture

MARXISM IN CULTURE READING GROUP – LONDON

Dear All

The Marxism in Culture reading group will resume its monthly meetings on Friday the 22nd of October 2010 at 5.30. The group meets on Friday evenings in SR5 at the UCL History of Art Department, 20-21 Gordon Square, and discusses key texts, both historical and contemporary, that have a bearing on Marxist aesthetics and radical cultural theory and practice more generally. Thus far, we have looked at texts by Marx and Engels, Lukács, Brecht, Adorno, Bensaid, Eagleton, Debord, Bakhtin and the Retort collective, to name just a few.

In our first meeting for this term we will discuss Alain Badiou’s The Communist Hypothesis.

If you are interested in participating then please contact Antigoni Memou at: antigonimemou@yahoo.co.uk

Best Wishes
Warren Carter, Maggie Gray, Antigoni Memou

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