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Transmission: PROVOCATION


Tony White

20 Oct


Wednesday 20 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: Tony White

Tony White’s publications include the novels Foxy-T (Faber and Faber, 2003), and Charlieunclenorfolktango (Codex, 1999), two novellas and the travelogue Another Fool in the Balkans (Cadogan, 2006). He has undertaken writing residencies at the Science Museum, London (2008), and the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (2009). He founded artists’ book imprint Piece of Paper Press in 1994 and worked for Arts Council England from 1999 to 2007, producing the Pioneers in Art and Science DVD series (with Ken McMullen, Gustav Metzger, and John Berger), and managing the Arts Council/AHRC Arts and Science Research Fellowships. Tony White is currently collaborating with Blast Theory on an interactive SMS drama for Channel 4. He is acting chair of the board of directors of London’s art radio station Resonance 104.4fm.

Host: Penny McCarthy

Penny McCarthy works with drawing and text. Recent works have appropriated texts that describe scientific discovery, historic travels, and the fictions of Borges. For the past few years her work has explored the imaginative space of the book in a series of pencil-drawn copies of texts. Her work has been exhibited extensively in Britain and abroad and supported by the Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England and the AHRC.  Most recently she has exhibited work at the South London Gallery in the exhibition ‘Nothing is Forever’. She is Course Leader for the MA and M.Art in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University


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