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Transmission: PROVOCATION


Oriana Fox



Oriana Fox, The Ties That Bind, Photos by Christa Holka, image copyright the artist

Wednesday 23 February 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: Oriana Fox

Oriana Fox is an artist who uses performance, sculpture, painting, and video to make reference to and critique the representation of women in contemporary media and the iconic feminist artists of the 1970s. She does this with a knowing sense of humour, the portrayal of women in popular culture and feminist art both attracting and repelling her simultaneously. She graduated from Washington University in 2000 and Goldsmiths College in 2003. Recent exhibitions include: ‘Happiness Happenings’ with the Hayward Huddle, Royal Festival Hall, London; ‘Performance Matters: Performing Idea Forum’, Whitechapel Gallery, London; ‘Let’sPaintTV’, Los Angeles;  ‘Going Public’, Tate Britain, London; and  ‘Art in the Archive: Living with Make’, Tate Modern, London, in 2009.

Host: Chloë Brown

Using film, found objects, sculptural objects, and taxidermy Chloë Brown makes work that has strong links with current debates in the field of Animal/Human Studies. Recently she made a series of works during a residency at the Zoologische Garten Berlin with the artist Ines Lechleitner. Recent exhibitions include: The Hum, LoBe, Berlin, (2010); ‘AbbaraCadabra’ at the Mardin Biennial, Turkey (2010); ‘The Animal Gaze’, Unit 2 Gallery, London and The Roland Levinsky Gallery, Plymouth;  ‘Tier-Perspektiven’ at Georg-Kolbe-Museum, Berlin;  ‘Tier-Werden’ at NGBK, Berlin; and ‘The Sheffield Pavilion’ at the Istanbul Biennial (all 2009). She is Course Leader of Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University and is also a member of the Research Group for Artists Publications.


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