London seminar for Early Modern Visual Culture

Title tbc

Wednesday, 13 January 2010 (note date)
18.00, Department of Art History, University College London, 20-21 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0AG

X-ray and weave analysis of Vincent van Gogh's 'Wild Roses'
From x-ray to weave analysis: Wild Roses, Van Gogh Museum (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
Speaker(s): Kate Nicholson (University of Oregon)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Rose Marie San Juan ( and Joanna Woodall (
Further information: This seminar series has been organised jointly by The Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum and University College London.

Examining select projects of Steve McQueen, the Otolith Group, and Hito Steyerl, this presentation considers how contemporary practitioners of the moving image have creatively and critically reinvented aesthetics in the age of globalisation.

Contemporary art has been radically transformed by globalisation. Biennials sprang up across the world from Korea to Senegal to Brazil, showcasing globalised contemporary art, and inculcating its values in diverse local situations. At the same time, that art was altered as artists from the ‘developing world’, particularly China, India, Latin American and Sub-Saharan Africa, rose to prominence on the global art scene. While much of the art that first came out of that transformation propagandised the virtues of globalisation, new tensions have emerged, from the ‘war on terror’ to the financial crisis, which have led to a strongly documentary and politicised turn in art. In this series, prominent art historians, artists and theorists will examine this striking new configuration. This series has been organised in conjunction with the Research Forum/Andrew W Mellon Foundation M.A. Special Option in the History of Art on ‘Aestheticising Politics? The Political in Globalised Contemporary Art’

T J Demos is a critic and Reader in the Department of Art History, University College London. The author of The Exiles of Marcel Duchamp (MIT Press, 2007), his essays on modern and contemporary art have appeared in international journals such as Artforum, Art Journal, Grey Room, October, and Texte zur Kunst, and in numerous exhibition catalogues (recently, he contributed "The Politics of Sustainability: Contemporary Art and Ecology" to the Barbican's Radical Nature: Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet, 1969-2009). Currently a Fellow at the Flemish Academic Centre for Science and the Arts in Brussels, Demos is working on a new book, provisionally titled Migrations: Contemporary Art and Globalization.

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