Theorem 2018 Symposium: Doctoral Research in the Fine Arts & Design

5 July 2018, 09:00 - 17:00
Cambridge campus

A woman holding a family portrait in front of the Lincoln Memorial

In 2016 Cambridge School of Art piloted THEOREM; what we believe is the first expanded format PhD conference in the UK to include an exhibition of practice-based research in conjunction with a one-day symposium. The symposium considers the very tangible realities of both theoretical and practice-led research in the visual arts, while the exhibition provides the opportunity to present practice-based research under conditions best suited to its communication.

For Theorem 2018, we are very pleased to welcome presentations from Goldsmiths, Leeds, Plymouth, Nottingham Trent, Birmingham City, and Derby Universities, in addition to our own doctoral researchers at CSA. Our keynote speaker will be experimental filmmaker Nina Danino, Reader in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London. Nina will present the role of practice and theory in her films Jennifer (2015) and Sorelle Povere di Santa Chiara (2016) through an approach to the labour of contemplative life and the labour of filming.

The presentations will touch on themes such as the politics of resistance, forensic poetry, accelerated time and free-time, post-identity phenomenology, the lexicon of the internet, self-injury as a paradoxical call to embodiment, and so many more. The artworks will be equally as engaging, including a performative reading group, a number of film, video and sound installations, a typographic installation related to the 'hybrid novel,' and audience participatory installations - even an art shipping crate as cultural object.

At the end of the symposium we will move into Ruskin Gallery for the opening of the Theorem exhibition.

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Admission is free, but you must book your place through Eventbrite. A light buffet lunch will be provided.

Image courtesy of Livia Daza-Paris, 2017, University of Plymouth.

Event Details

5 July 2018, 09:00 - 17:00
Cambridge campus
RUS 203 / 110
Book your place through Eventbrite