Potatoes & Stones: A Student-Led Art Research Symposium

Thursday, 24 – Friday, 25 November 2016

St James Hatcham Building (The Church), Goldsmiths
Number 41 on campus map:http://tinyurl.com/jpyctne

Potatoes & Stones is the first of two research symposia for 2016-17 organised and led by MPhil & PhD Researchers in the Department of Art at Goldsmiths College. Finding form through common research interests, this two-day programme of events mobilises thinking and practices around Maintenance, Care, Proximity, Potatoes and Stones. Here questions will be posed and shaped, methods presented and discussed, that situate these collective concerns within the wider context of art and practice research.

Schedule of Events

Day 1 : Thursday, 24 November 2016

THE SHAPE OF A QUESTION // Time: 10.00 – 13.00
Researchers, both on the programme and beyond, are invited to bring one question to the table. We will think carefully about the shape of the question and how it is posed. Will it be posed through speaking, writing, gesturing, moving image, sound?

MAINTENANCE / CARE // Time: 14.00 – 16.00
For this session, Dr. Susan Kelly, Professor Viviane Maximino and Teresa Calonje each give a talk related to artistic and research practices that develop strategies around maintenance and care. They will speak from their practices which propose passages between artistic practices, institutional analysis and health care; between desire, care, fetish and the sacred.

Curated by Cristina Thorstenberg Ribas.

Guests include Professor Viviane Maximino (Federal University of São Paulo and Goldsmiths), Dr. Susan Kelly (Goldsmiths) and Teresa Calonje (Goldsmiths).

(UN)WANTED PROXIMITY // Time: 17.00 – 20.00
(Un)Wanted Proximity is a marriage of words including multiform thoughts. This event will cover art and fiction, improvisation and text, sudden interruptions, the responsibility to respond, the face of the Other in interpersonal contact, likeness, the weight of the outside world or research, obligatory psychoses, among other ideas. The abstract suggestion of the title, nearly an oxymoron, allows for the creation of unprecedented affiliations among subjects. It aims at enacting thinking across categories.

A new project by writer and curator Giulia Damiani and curator Barbara Mahlknecht.

Invited Speakers: Helena Rice, Dr Nicky Coutts, others tbc.

Day 2 : Friday, 25 November 2016

Practice Research in Practice
// Time: 10.00 – 13.00
Here we invite guests to articulate, through their work, a relation to the notion of ‘practice research’. In doing so, we seek to arrive at a more general understanding of ‘practice research’ through the particular practices of artist researchers – a movement from specific to type.

Guests include Daniel Peltz (Goldsmiths), Dr. Edgar Schmitz (Goldsmiths) and Dr. Nina Wakeford (Goldsmiths)

SPEAKING THROUGH STONES // Time: 14.00 – 17.00
This practice-led session takes the figure of the stone as starting point to open out discussion on (dis)embodied speech, its excesses and extravages.

Artists Katharine Fry, Sigrid Holmwood, Åsa Sonjasdotter, Kate Pickering, and Sophie Sleigh-Johnson present five new works across video, text, sound and painting. Taking the séance as both a structure for the panel and a form of communal channelling, the séance evokes the invisible, specifically states of haunting and inertia, through the body and stones. Varying disembodied voices and breaths are heard and not heard, fused and doubled, flickering between the simulacra and the real.

Curated by Sophie Sleigh-Johnson, Sigrid Holmwood, Kate Pickering, Katharine Fry & Åsa Sonjasdotter.

Guests include Josh Cohen (Goldsmiths), Tristam Adams (Goldsmiths Visual Cultures research student), and Katrina Palmer (Ruskin School of Art).

Goldsmiths, St James,
New Cross, London,
SE14 6NW