Whitechapel Art Gallery
Friday 26 October 2 - 6 pm
Saturday 27 October 1 - 6 pm
In 1968 the artist and writer Jack Burnham prophesised that, Ďa Systems Aesthetic will become the dominant approach to a maze of socio-technical conditions rooted only in the present. This symposium investigates this claim by responding to, provoking and presenting a sustained discussion on systems-theory and art. Speakers discuss artís relationship to the operation of social systems, provide the basis for an account of the diverse art practices that occur after modernism in terms of a systems aesthetic and explore a definition of artistic media which is not materially specific.
Over the days leading up to the symposium, abstracts and drafts from participating speakers and artists will be posted here, in order to initiate public debates around systems art in general, and the themes and concepts raised by our participants in particular.
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images of the event
Art & Language (Michael Baldwin, Mel Ramsden & Charles Harrison) - Visiting Professors, Sir John Cass Dept of Art, Media and Design, London Metropolitan University
Sara Cannizzaro - Communication and Subjectivity Research Group, London Metropolitan University
Paul Cobley - Reader in Communications, Sir John Cass Dept of Art Media & Design, London Metropolitan University and Founding Editor, Subject Matters Journal
Mary Anne Francis - Research Fellow, Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts, London and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, University of Brighton
- with Robin Bhattacharya, Wayne Clements, Rob Dingle, Al Page, Tom Trevatt, and Neal White from Critical Practice Chelsea
Ken Friedman (CANCELLED) - design scholar and Professor of Leadership and Strategic Design, Norwegian School of Management
Mette Gieskes - Lecturer in History of Art, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Francis Halsall - Lecturer, National College for Art & Design, Dublin
Robert Linsley - Dept. of Fine Arts, University of Waterloo, Ontario
Peter Osborne - Professor of Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University
Chris Smith - Sir John Cass Dept of Art Media & Design, London Metropolitan University
Kitty Zijlmans - Professor of Contemporary Art History, Faculty of Arts, Leiden University, the Netherlands.