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Transmission: PROVOCATION

Maxa Zoller

13 Oct

Wednesday 13 October 4-5.45pm

In SHU’s new series of Transmission lectures they will explore how art can provoke, activate, and antagonise the viewer, without referring to or employing well-known aesthetic and political strategies that seek to produce shocking and immediate affects. They will consider how the concept of provocation is at its most incisive when it is conceived as fluid and unfixed, and discussed and disputed outside the borders of the hoary discourse of the historical avant-garde. They are interested in a provocation in art that is determined by a broad range of factors, external to the physical properties of art.

Each week a member of the Fine Art staff will invite a guest speaker and chair the discussion. This wide-ranging series of talks will, through discussion with the audience, question the concept of provocation and its relation to art.

Guest: Maxa Zoller

Maxa Zoller is a lecturer in moving image art at Goldsmiths College, Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Kingston University. Maxa has a keen interest in marginal and interdisciplinary film practices, which focus around issues of the body, expanded cinema, the practice of female filmmakers, and experimental film from former Socialist countries. Since completing her Ph.D. on European experimental film in 2007 she has been organising workshops on moving image art at, FACT, and Oslo Academy of Art. In her capacity as a film curator Maxa Zoller has presented experimental film screenings at Tate Modern, Tramway Glasgow, Berlin Kunstverein, Rekord Gallery in Oslo, and an exhibition of Chris Welsby’s work at Central St Martin’s. She is a regular contributor to Art Monthly. Her research is published in a number of academic journals and books, including the exhibition catalogue X-Screen: Film Installations and Actions in the 1960s and 1970s (MuMoK Vienna 2003). She has recently curated her first object-based exhibition All that Remains… The Teenagers of Socialism at Waterside Project Space in East London.

Host: Jaspar Joseph-Lester

Jaspar Joseph-Lester’s work explores the role that images play in determining urban planning, social space, and everyday praxis. Recent work has focused on the conflicting ideological frameworks embodied in urban regeneration projects. He has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad with solo exhibitions at Asprey Jacques Gallery and The British School at Rome. His video work was nominated for ‘Pilot: 1’ in 2004 and selected for ‘All for Show: an international retrospective of UK Video’, 2005-6. Recent exhibitions include ‘Afterwards’ at the Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, and ‘The Mortar of Distribution’, LoBe, Berlin. He is author of Revisiting the Bonaventure Hotel (Copy Press, 2009), co-editor of Episode: Pleasure and Persuasion in Lens-based Media (Artwords, 2008), and a director of the Curating Video research group.


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