victor and margarita tupitysn double lecture

Thursday, 14 October 2010

13.00 - 15.00, Research Forum South Room

Photo of Victor and Margarita Tupitsyn side by side with their shirts pullled up to cover their mouths

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Sarah Wilson

Lecture I: Don’t Forget a Woman Artist

Speaker(s): Dr Margarita Tupitsyn

One would think that equality between men and women in the art world should have long been established. Rather than there being a shift in male consciousness, feminist issues have become primarily a subject of political correctness. This is why today we still encounter situations where female artists are the first to be dropped from histories written by men, and the critical power of feminist discourse is habitually neutralised. This talk surveys the curatorial projects that Margarita Tupitsyn organised between 1983 and 2010, and that proposed paradigms of the inclusion of radical female practices in mainstream Soviet and Russian culture.

Lecture II: Historical Inferences and Margins of Error (Tribal Practices in Academia, Communal Life, and Conceptual Art)

Speaker(s): Dr Victor Tupitsyn

In spite of ideological difference, culture and cult continue to copy each other. In the academic world in the US, the tradition of mutual citation is a tribal rule. However, there is no altruism involved, just as there is no sense of professional responsibility. Citing and mentioning each other in bibliographies and footnotes is a mutually advantageous exchange. A special role in this is played by ‘name-dropping’, used for the purpose of marking the territory or ensuring that one has the support of influential authors.

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