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RAE 2008

Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design

Systems Art Symposium


The Whitechapel
Friday 26 October 2 - 6 pm
Saturday 27 October 1 - 6 pm

Booking Essential

In 1968 the artist and writer Jack Burnham prophesised that, 'a Systems Aesthetic will become the dominant approach to a maze of socio-technical conditions rooted only in the present'. This symposium investigates this claim by responding to, provoking and presenting a sustained discussion on systems-theory and art. Speakers discuss art’s relationship to the operation of social systems, provide the basis for an account of the diverse art practices that occur after modernism in terms of a systems aesthetic and explore a definition of artistic media which is not materially specific.

In collaboration with Visual Arts Practice Research Group, Sir John Cass Dept of Art Media & Design, London Metropolitan University, The Whitechapel, Unit 2 Gallery and The National College of Art and Design, Dublin


Art & Language (Michael Baldwin, Mel Ramsden & Charles Harrison) - Visiting Professors, Sir John Cass Dept of Art, Media and Design, London Metropolitan University

Francis Halsall - Lecturer, National College for Art & Design, Dublin

Mette Gieskes - Lecturer in History of Art, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Peter Osborne - Professor of Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University

Robert Linsley - Dept. of Fine Arts, University of Waterloo, Ontario

Kitty Zijlmans - Professor of Contemporary Art History, Faculty of Arts, Leiden University, the Netherlands.

Mary Anne Francis - Research Fellow, Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts, London and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, University of Brighton

Ken Friedman - design scholar and Professor of Leadership and Strategic Design, Norwegian School of Management

Paul Cobley - Reader in Communications, Sir John Cass Dept of Art Media & Design, London Metropolitan University and Founding Editor, Subject Matters Journal

Chris Smith - Sir John Cass Dept of Art Media & Design, London Metropolitan University

Accompanying Exhibition

Unit 2 Gallery and unit 6, Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media & Design
London Metropolitan University
Central House
69-73 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7PF

Private View - 26 October
Exhibition: 20 October - 17 November

Art & Language - Now They Are Surrounded: Reconfigured

The work 'Now They Are Surrounded' consists of 144 canvases each measuring 26cm × 31cm. On the surface of each canvas is depicted a page of text that has been torn or cut in some way and then repaired with rather mangy Sellotape. In other words, the work consists of 144 pictures. The pictures are framed and glazed in such a way as to leave a small gap between the edge of the canvas and the frame. In addition, in this exhibition, there is an interactive projection that consists of the 144 pictures that can be reconfigured in multiple ways.
The exhibition is offered as an 'essay like' contribution in regard to the Symposium, 'Systems Art'.

Neil Ferguson - 16000 Paintings as a Sequence (work in progress)

This extensive series of works follows on from other large series of drawings produced during the Imagine/Image project with the Fondazione Baruchello examining the contemporary role of the image.
The exhibition displays sixteen thousand small silhouette paintings that follow strict rules.
The series began in January 2006 as a system of accessing "wee thoughts" from readings of previous drawings and sketches, whereby the series might grow to become larger than Picasso’s Guernica.
Every piece is both outcome and possibility. By conforming to identifiable rules, images emerge sequentially resembling a conversation around certainty and uncertainty.
Through narrowing possibilities of choice, a platform for imagining is established that allows feeling, sensing and reacting to take place.
The system forms a language.

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