The Future of Art is Urban

Artistic Research Practices and Methods in Social Sciences /// 30 May – 14 June 2014
Enclave Gallery · Deptford · South East London ///
work by Visual Sociology PhD students of Goldsmiths /// curated by Katalin Halász

The Future of Art is Urban blends the borders between art and social science. The exhibition presents a wide range of different social research practices in which knowledge is produced through artistic approaches. Participants use the city as a site of confrontation and interaction and invite our immediate reflections. 

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See the website here and the catalogue here.

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The exhibition is held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Goldsmiths Sociology, and is organised in celebration of the 20 years of the Centre for Urban and Community Research.

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2013 in review

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engaging tactics BSA13 documentation

Some pictures of the interventions and screenings of the engaging tactics stream at the BSA Annual Conference 2013:

sound performance by Tansy Spinks, Middlesex University and Camberwell College of Art. photo: (c) Alexandra Baixinho

Tansy Spinks, sound artist, PhD candidate and lecturer at Middlesex University and Camberwell College of Art.
Norfolk Room, 4th floor. 11.30-12, 1.30-2.30, 4-4.30 hours. The sound performance Sonic Ritual (equivalent) will play with ideas about secret rituals, using objects and the sounds they make, through microphones, live loops and loudspeakers.

video by Madli Maruste, Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths.

Madli Maruste, PhD candidate, Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths.
Coronet Room, 2nd floor, all day. The video J. is reflecting on the personal story, a story about the loss of identity, belonging and the city, of a former Jewish Rabbi I met in the Old Jewish quarter in Vilnius, Lithuania in 2012.

video loop by Kata Halasz, Visual Sociology, Goldsmiths

video loop by Kata Halasz, Visual Sociology, Goldsmiths

Kata Halasz, visual artist, PhD candidate in Visual Sociology, Goldsmiths.
Cornwall Room, 2nd floor, all day. Not being able to attend, the author reimagines a ceremony of the Freemasons as a question rather than a statement: in endless circulation the figure is unable – or unwilling – to reach the pulpit to carry out ritual actions. The video asks its viewers too think about exclusion and inaccessibility – about who is invited to the table.

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Revealing Secrets

Performance and screenings  //  Wednesday April 3rd, all day  //  BSA Annual Conference 2013

The venue for the 2013 BSA conference is the grandly mysterious Connaught Rooms, owned by the Freemasons, complete with masonic stars on door handles and secret entrances into the Masonic Lodge next door. Off the record, in adjacent rooms and (almost) concealed interventions to the conference, Engaging Tactics therefore showcases a sound performance and video screenings that search for ways to talk about and engage with those bodies and lives that keep or are kept away from public.

Interventions and screenings by

Tansy Spinks: sound artist, PhD candidate and lecturer at Middlesex University and Camberwell College of Art.

The sound performance Sonic Ritual (equivalent) will play with ideas about secret rituals, using objects and the sounds they make, through microphones, live loops and loudspeakers.

Madli Maruste: PhD candidate, Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths.

The video J. is reflecting on the personal story, a story about the loss of identity, belonging and the city, of a former Jewish Rabbi I met in the Old Jewish quarter in Vilnius, Lithuania in 2012.

Kata Halasz: visual artist, PhD candidate in Visual Sociology, Goldsmiths.

Visual wallpaper, composed of an animated gif projected in loop, intertwining the space, time and histories of the Grand Connaught Rooms.

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Live Sociology

Roundtable discussion  //  Wednesday 3 April 2013 at 16:30 – 18:00  //  BSA Annual Conference 2013

With: Noortje Marres, Nirmal Puwar, Alison Rooke and Michael Guggenheim (all of Goldsmiths, University of London). Chaired by Anna Bull and Christian v. Wissel.

This roundtable is sounding out the speaking and acting powers of multi-media techniques to collect, analyse, archive, and share ethnographic social research as well as other kinds of social data and materials. Drawing on the interventions and screenings presented within Goldsmith’s open stream ‘Engaging Tactics: Revealing Secrets’ during the first day of this year’s BSA Annual Conference, the discussion will envision possible futures for social research by mapping out Live Sociology from participatory art to digital methods, from curating to eating.

Live Methods, 2013, edited by Les Back and Nirmal Puwar, Sociological Review Monographs Series, will be at display during the Publishers’ Drinks reception on Wednesday at 7 pm.

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Pressing [against] Methods

Humanities PhD Graduate Student Conference /// Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture /// Concordia University, Montréal, Canada /// April 26-27, 2013

Call for Presentations

The Humanities PhD Student Association at Concordia University is pleased to announce that we are now accepting abstract submissions for our annual conference. With Pressing [against] Methods, we invite graduate and post-doctoral students from all disciplines in the social sciences, fine arts and liberal arts to present on the issue of research methods. The conference, to be held on April 26-27, 2013, will be an opportunity to critically reflect on how we link the production of new knowledge with our methodological practices.

For further information about submissions please go to Pressing [against] Methods CFP. Deadline for submission is March 1, 2013.

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a spring trip and some persistant questions

A blog entry by Florencia Marchetti, from CEREV, Concordia University, on the engaging tactics symposium in April 2012. You can read it here.

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