Death, Aesthetics and Representation

Me and Dad, August 25th, 2009, Briony Campbell

Me and Dad, August 25th, 2009, Briony Campbell

Speakers: Audrey Linkman, Professor Roger Luckhurst, Dr Timothy Secret and Briony Campbell.

The Photographers’ Gallery, 16 – 18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW

Wednesday 11th September 2013, 7.00pm Start

£7 Full Price

£4 Concessions

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Death and Trauma

War Primer 2, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, 2012

Speakers: Adam Broomberg & Oliver ChanarinDr Jennifer PollardProfessor Margaret Iversen & Professor Robert Eaglestone

20th December 2012
The Swedenborg Hall, 20 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A’2TH

‘Death and Trauma’ is the second in the series of events ‘Death and the Contemporary’, hosted by Dr Georgina Colby and Anthony Luvera . The twenty-first century has witnessed a proliferation of work in the area of trauma, and it is widely acknowledged that our contemporary culture is a post-traumatic culture. How has trauma impacted the philosophical issues surrounding death? A panel discussion with four keynote speakers from across the disciplines of literature, the visual arts, and philosophy will provide an exciting forum in which to explore the issues surrounding death and trauma in contemporary culture. Audience members will have the opportunity to engage with and contribute to these stimulating conversations.

Death and Space

A Political Error from Bungled Memory by David Bate, 2008

Speakers: Professor David BateDr Andrea BradyProfessor Robert Hampson and Professor Tom Hunter.

23rd October, 2012
The Deadhouse, Somerset House, London

‘death must be both represented and rejected. Death too has a ‘location’, but that location lies below or above appropriated social space; death is relegated to the infinite realm so as to disenthrall (or purify) the finiteness in which social practice occurs, in which the law that the practice has established holds sway.’ (Henri Lefebvre, The Production of Space, 1974)

The question of space is elemental to an understanding of death in contemporary culture. On a literal level it elicits an enquiry into the relation between death and geographical space. What geographical and urban space do we give to death in the twenty-first century? This question is implicitly underpinned throughout the series and in the space chosen for the first event: the Deadhouse at Somerset House. Many spaces that once housed the dead have fallen into disuse, or have been appropriated for other cultural practices.

The question extends to representative space. It asks to what extent death has also been marginalized in culture and provokes enquiry into the depiction of death in the visual arts, literature, and philosophy. The aesthetic capacities of these disciplines to afford death representative space on the page, in the gallery, within the design and dimensions of a building elicits an auxiliary enquiry into the potential for literary and visual space to offer an aesthetics of death that may, in a culture that has been understood in the fields of critical theory and philosophy to be a trauma culture, offer a recuperative practice. This event considers the ways in which twenty-first century poetry, fiction, photography and architecture provide new pathways to approaching death in the contemporary period.

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