Art, Gendered Labour and Resistance: SYMPOSIUM

AuthorAngela Dimitrakaki
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Nottingham Contemporary, 15 Jun 2012.


Artists and theorists from the UK and Europe explore new understandings of gendered labour. Featuring Jo Applin, Angela Dimitrakaki, Julia Morandeira, Nina Power, Maria Ruido and Marina Vishmidt, this half day symposium will touch on the issue of generational thinking in feminist analyses of labour; art as gendered labour, and the link between work and resistance to oppression.

Angela Dimitrakaki is a Lecturer in Modern/Contemporary Art at University of Edinburgh. She is particularly interested in the intersection of feminism and Marxism; art, knowledge production and pedagogies of protest; labour and the economic subject in contemporary art; experimental curating. Her research has a particular emphasis on lens-based media and participatory paradigms, and examines the social processes and structures that determine the production of meaning in contemporary art practice, often with a particular focus on developments in Europe.

Jo Applin is Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of York. Her research focuses on thinking about art and its histories in relation to questions of subjectivity, gender and materiality. Jo has recently begun a new book project on women artists in the 1950s and 1960s titled Not Working. As part of this project she is researching Lee Lozano’s tool drawings and the problem of labour.

Nina Power is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Roehampton University. Current research interests include Protest, Policing, Class and Confidence; Radical Pedagogy; Feminism; Queer Theory; Cinema and Politics; Immaterial and Affective Labour; The Politics of Language; New Media (especially blogs). Her book One Dimenional Woman was published by Zero Books in 2009.

Maria Ruido has been developing interdisciplinary projects as an artist, filmmaker, researcher and cultural producer, since 1998. She lives in Madrid and Barcelona, where she works as a teacher at University of Barcelona. She is part of various research studies on politics of representation and its contextual relations. Maria Ruido’s documentary essay Amphibious Fictions will be screened at Nottingham Contemporary on June 14th. Her latest work ElectroClass will be screened at n.o.where in London on June 16th.

Marina Vishmidt is a London-based writer who deals mainly with art, value, and the politics of work and abstraction. A Research Fellow at the Jan van Eyck Academie (2007- 9), she has an MA in Modern European Philosophy and is currently doing a PhD at Queen Mary, University of London on speculation as a mode of production in art and capital. She is the co-editor of Uncorporate Identity: Emblem and Void (Lars Muller, 2010). She is a regular contributor to artists’ publications, critical readers and journals such as Mute, Texte zur Kunst, and Afterall.

Julia Morandeira is Professor of Spanish Contemporary Art at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. In May of this year she acted as LOOP’12 Fair Manager and Screen Projects Coordinator at Screen Projects. LOOP is the annual meeting point for video art professionals and presented the work of over 800 artists at many different venues in Barcelona’s city centre.

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