CFP: Centre for Chinese Visual Art (CCVA) 10th annual conference

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Thursday 12 and Friday 13 October 2017

School of Art, Birmingham City University

Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BX, England

Call for papers: Chinese art outside the art space

The Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA) at Birmingham City University aims to foster new understandings and perspectives of Chinese contemporary arts, design and visual culture through interdisciplinary practices and theoretical studies. During its first decade, CCVA has established a unique position in the UK to pioneer the research in the field. We are now convening this two-day Annual Conference to invite researchers, curators, art historians, critics and artists at all stages of their careers worldwide to contribute to the topic, marking the 10th anniversary of the Centre.

Historically, in China, ‘art outside the art space’ can be understood as both a cultural and a political proposition. From a cultural point of view, the notion of public ‘exhibition’ is entirely Western, whilst in the Chinese tradition of literati art for example, artworks were made, shared, and appreciated within the form of scholarly ‘elegant gathering’ (yaji), which was essentially a kind of private (rather than public) event within secluded (rather than institutional) spaces. From a political perspective, the ‘outside-ness’ immediately relates to the ‘unofficial’ status of contemporary Chinese art from its early development. For example, the first Star Group exhibition in September 1979 – generally acknowledged as the very first show that marked the beginning of contemporary art in China – was staged in a small public park just next to the China National Art Museum, outside the legitimated and official art space. Today, the situation of Chinese art taking place outside the museum and gallery spaces continues, but with a completely different momentum and agenda.

Art has been produced site-specifically for the spaces other than art institutions in China, including those of working venues, shown in a range of alternative spaces beyond galleries or museums, and has ‘happened’ in the public sphere and become political or social ‘events’, or artistic ‘incidents’, as a special form of ‘exhibition’. Creative curatorial and artistic strategies have been developed to respond to the constraints of art institutions, censorships and at the same time, to push the boundaries of art. Focusing on art made, displayed, performed or executed outside the conventional venues of art museums and galleries, this conference not only offers a unique perspective to understand Chinese art in the contemporary context, but also, more importantly, it aims to critically reflect upon the understandings between art and art exhibition, between artistic productions and audience perceptions, and between art and our daily life.

We invite papers from innovative and interdisciplinary perspectives to develop new understandings of Chinese contemporary art. The following series of relationships in the context of Chinese art and culture is seen indicative, but not limited to the discussions:

  • China’s art museums, galleries and alternative spaces
  • Curatorial strategies and artistic responses beyond institutional spaces
  • Exhibitions, events and incidents
  • Art production, dissemination, participation and reception
  • Performance and performativity
  • Art and everyday life
  • Contemporary art and censorship

Please submit an abstract of up to 300 words, a 100-word biography, contact information and any institutional affiliations, by 31 March 2017 to ccva@bcu.ac.uk, with a subject titled ‘10th Annual Conference’. Any general queries should also be directed to ccva@bcu.ac.uk. Conference presentations should last no more than 20 minutes. Successful proposals for conference contributions will be notified in early April 2017. Invited full papers should be completed by 28 February 2018, to be featured in Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (Intellect) as a special issue in autumn 2018.

Conservatoire public research seminars

Here are this year’s public research seminars by Birmingham Conservatoire. All are welcome to attend.

TUESDAY 14 MARCH

3.30–5.00 p.m.

Arena Foyer, Conservatoire

Dr George Kennaway (University of Huddersfield)

Diseased, or Just Vulgar – What is it about Vibrato?

Of all the topics that recur in discussions of historical performance, vibrato remains the most controversial. Whether missing when presumed needed, or present when held to be historically uninformed, it provokes reactions that would never be aroused by, say, contrametric rubato, arpeggiated chords on the piano, or even portamento. In this seminar George Kennaway, Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Huddersfield and professional cellist, looks again at reactions to vibrato and advice on its use from the eighteenth century onwards, not primarily to establish the considerable historical evidence for its restrained use, but rather to explore the feelings surrounding it: vibrato is often criticized as a lack of taste, a disease (or depravity), or as a sign of lower social class. Such terms invite wider speculation about the delimitation of musical discourse. Examples will be drawn from instrumental playing and singing, and reference will be made to modern vibrato controversies as well as historical sources.

 

CEBE Upcoming Research Seminars

 

Wednesday 22nd March, 1pm

With Dr Mohamed Kara-Mohamed (Centre for Advanced Systems Engineering)

Robotics: Research Trends and Future Horizons

Robotic applications are no longer restricted to the area of conventional robot systems represented by programmed mechanical arms or complete human-like systems designed to do routine tasks and take limited decisions. Robotics applications have extended to have a major and increasing impact on many aspects of our society. Furthermore, the field of robotics is an active research area with potential for development and enhancement in various perspectives.

This seminar will touch on the current position of robotics in industry and the trend of future research. The seminar will also investigate different issues related to the design, operation and control of robotics systems with a focus on the application side of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).

Wednesday 29th March, 1pm

With Dr Abdel-Rahman Tawil (Centre for Cyber Security)

Using Semantic Technology for Knowledge and Data Representation with Applications in the Healthcare Domain

The Web, as it stands today, primarily depends on human understanding and the interpretation of the vast information space it encompasses. However, the Web was originally designed with a goal to support not only human interaction, but also automated machine processing of data with minimal human intervention.

At the heart of Semantic Web is semantic representation and reasoning of data using ontologies and knowledge engineering. The talk will present an overview for the need for semantic technology and its application in:

– Capturing the semantics of Electronic Health Records (EHR) using a medical ontology as part of a project funded by the public health services in Wales for communicable disease surveillance;

– The use of sensor technology, ontology modelling and engineering for the detection, capturing and recognition of daily life activities (ADLs).

 

For more information and to book your place at any of the seminars please contact Ian McDonald.

Contemporary Art Practices and Knowledge Production in the Middle East – 24 November

Research seminar: Contemporary Art Practices and Knowledge Production in the Middle East

24 November, 2016, 2pm-4pm at International Project Space, School of Art

Speakers:  Bashir Makhoul, Larissa Sansour and Shadi Habib Allah.

Convened and moderated by Jonathan Harris and Anthony Downey

In a globalised cultural economy, it would appear that art as a practice is increasingly called upon to do something, especially when it comes to making sense of history, conflict, revolution and upheaval. In a period broadly defined as one in which we are experiencing a global crisis, contemporary art is also viewed as a document for producing socio-political, if not historical, knowledge (be it of globalisation, revolution, armed conflict or injustice). These issues remain key to any formal critical analysis of contemporary cultural production within and about the Middle East, nowhere more so than when we consider how visual culture from the region has been historically legitimized through the media-friendly symbolism of conflict.

Throughout this research seminar, international artists, including Bashir Makhoul, Larissa Sansour and Shadi Habib Allah, will consider these issues in relation to their individual practices. Are artists, we will enquire, increasingly expected to produce work that refers to a socio-political landscape, creating, in turn, media-friendly ‘sound bites’ of information that are available for global consumption? Can art, moreover, produce forms of knowledge that disavow the superficiality of such ideas? And if so, what kind of knowledge?  This is not, of course, a region-specific issue, and there are international dimensions to these questions of cultural interpretation, critical agency and institutional legitimacy that will be further examined throughout this research seminar.

The event will be convened by Jonathan Harris and moderated by Anthony Downey, and will include film-screenings and individual presentations.

There will be an opportunity for a Q and A with the artists, following the presentations.

Artists Biographies  

Bashir Makhoul (b. 1963) was born in Makhoul in northeast Galilee, by then assimilated into Israel. He is Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Birmingham City University and an artist of international repute. He has exhibited widely around the world and took part, with a show titled Otherwise Occupied, in the Venice Biennale in 2013. More recent shows have included Floating Free at the Palestinian Art Court (al Hoash in partnership with Birzeit University Museum) in 2015. He is also the author, with Gordon Hon, of The Origin of Palestinian Art (Liverpool University Press, 2013) and the editor of Palestinian Video Art: Constellations of the Moving Image (Palestinian Art Court — al Hoash, 2013)

Larissa Sansour (b. 1973) was born in East Jerusalem, Palestine, and now lives and works in London. Her work is interdisciplinary, utilising video, photography, sculpture and installation. Central to her practice is the tug and pull between fiction and reality. In her recent body of works, she uses science fiction to address social and political issues in the Middle East. Recent solo exhibitions include New Art Exchange in Nottingham, Mosaic Rooms in London, Nikolaj Kunsthal in Copenhagen, Turku Art Museum in Finland, Kulturhuset in Stockholm, Wolverhamptom Art Gallery and DEPO in Istanbul.

Shadi Habib Allah (b. 1977, Jerusalem, Palestine; lives and works New York) works with modes of navigation across circulation networks of people, technologies, objects, images and economy to examine ideas of use and value and the structures that hold them in place. Working across film, sculpture, drawing and installation, each project defines its own terms based on research and physical engagement. His work has been exhibited at the Palestine c/o Venice at the Venice Biennale (2009), Art Statements Art Basel 43 (2012), and the New Museum Triennial (2015), amongst other venues. His Films have screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Courtisane Festival Belgium and the 40th Norwegian Film Festival.

 

Convenors

Professor Jonathan Harris, PhD, studied art history at Sussex and Middlesex Universities in England (1980-86), and completed a doctorate on the visual arts in New York in the 1930s (published as his first book in 1995 by Cambridge University Press). He has published 20 books and over 200 journal and magazine essays on modern and contemporary art. Harris’s most recent book was The Utopian Globalists: Artists of Worldwide Revolution 1919-2009 (Wiley-Blackwell 2013). His forthcoming book is The Global Contemporary Art World: A Rough Guide (Wiley-Blackwell 2017). With Menene Gras and Bashir Makhoul he is the editor of Contemporary Art in Global Asia (IB Tauris, forthcoming 2017). His work has recently focused on global art worlds in India, China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Palestine.

Anthony Downey is Professor of Visual Culture in the Middle East and North Africa within the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media at Birmingham City University. His research focuses on contemporary art practices and the politics of cultural production in the Middle East and across the Global South. Recent and upcoming publications include Don’t shrink me to the Size of a bullet: The Works of Hiwa K (Walther König Books, forthcoming, 2017); Future Imperfect: Contemporary Art Practices and Cultural Institutions in the Middle East (Sternberg Press, 2016); Dissonant Archives: Contemporary Visual Culture and Contested Narratives in the Middle East (I.B. Tauris, 2015); Art and Politics Now  (Thames and Hudson, 2014); and Uncommon Grounds: New Media and Critical Practice in North Africa and the Middle East (I.B. Tauris, 2014).

Call for papers: Cine-excess 10th annual conference at Birmingham City University

The 10th International Conference and Festival on Global Cult Film Traditions: Cine Excess X

Cult Genres, Traditions and Bodies: A Decade of Excess

The Big Screen (Birmingham City University)

10th-12th November 2016

Call for Papers

Over the last 10 years, the Cine-Excess International Film Conference and Festival has brought together leading scholars and critics with global cult filmmakers for an event comprising a themed academic conference with plenary talks, filmmaker interviews and UK theatrical premieres of up and coming film releases.

Previous guests of honour attending Cine-Excess have included Catherine Breillat (Romance, Sex is Comedy), John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, The Blues Brothers), Roger Corman (The Masque of the Red Death, The Wild Angels), Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, King of the Ants), Brian Yuzna (Society, The Dentist), Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria) Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins), Franco Nero (Django, Keoma, Die Hard II), Vanessa Redgrave (Blow Up, The Devils), Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal Holocaust, House on the Edge of the Park) Enzo G. Castellari (Keoma, The Inglorious Bast***s), Sergio Martino (Torso, All the Colours of the Dark), Jeff Lieberman (Squirm, Blue Sunshine) and Pat Mills (Action Magazine, 2000 AD).

Cine-Excess X is hosted by the Birmingham School of Media at Birmingham City University, and will feature a three day academic conference alongside film industry panels and a season of related UK premieres and retrospectives taking place at screening venues across the region.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the conference Cult Genres, Traditions and Bodies: A Decade of Excess reconsiders some of the key debates around cult film genres, traditions and modes of representation that have influenced the development of the annual Cine-Excess event over the past decade. At the same time, the event looks forward to the future development of cult film studies by dissecting new perspectives that are now dominating this area of study.

In their early influential studies of ‘outlaw’ film formats such as the slasher cycle, melodrama narrative and ‘skin flick’, theorists such as Carol J. Clover and Linda Williams identified a cinematic and sensory response to excess, which linked unwieldy film genres to unruly representations of the human body and even more unconventional reactions from their subcultural audiences.  While such studies proved pivotal in identifying the potentially subversive features of key cult film cycles, more recent accounts have expanded this scope of analysis to consider a far wider range of global film formats, whilst also assessing the stylistic, performative and representational strategies that come to dominate such startling visions. The explosion of interest in graphic comics, transmedia and online platforms has further extended the theoretical interest in cult genres, traditions and bodies, by widening the scope of enquiry beyond the cinematic medium to other areas of activity which warrant further investigation.

In order to explore these themes further, Cine-Excess X will consider a wide variety of cult media creations including key case-studies of cult activity from film, television, literature, comics and digital media.  A number of international filmmakers associated with key cult genres will be in attendance at Cine-Excess X to discuss their work and interact with academic speakers.

Proposals are now invited for papers on a wide range of cult film genres, traditions and strategies of representation. However, we would particularly welcome contributions focusing on:

  • Cult visionaries: contemporary creativity at cinema’s extreme edge
  • Grossed-out and top grossing: cult comedies of excess
  • New case-studies of classic cult and ‘exploitation’ auteurs
  • High art and low taste: case-studies in extreme experimentation
  • From national borders to new territories: global traditions of the cult image
  • From AIP to The Asylum: case-studies of cult production studios
  • I know what you starred in last summer: the cult of bad acting
  • Realm of the senses: cult renditions of sensory affect
  • Revered and ruined: case-studies of the cult biography
  • Small screen scares: Netflix, Amazon and new platforms for terror 
  • From the burlesque to the brutal: cult interpretations of exotic performance
  • Consuming excess: new perspectives on cult audiences
  • The good, the bad and the forbidden: cult representations of taboo
  • Transmedia excess: cult narratives and contemporary platforms
  • Scored: soundtracks and compositions to the cult film canon 
  • Subcultures on two wheels: from Hells Angels flicks to the Sons of Anarchy series
  • From slasher and sexploitation to cult noir: transgressive femininities on screen
  • Crash and burn cults: Hollywood flops reborn
  • The men and women from Hong Kong: new studies of kung fu performativity
  • Superheroes, sidekicks and subversives: the graphic face of the cult comic book
  • Corporeal excess: new readings of the cult body

Please send a 300-word abstract and a short (one page) C.V. by Friday 9th September 2016 to:

Xavier Mendik, Birmingham City University xavier.mendik@bcu.ac.uk

Fran Pheasant-Kelly, University of Wolverhampton, F.E.Pheasant-kelly@wlv.ac.uk

Glenn Ward, University of Brighton, G.P.Ward@brighton.ac.uk

A final listing of accepted presentations will be released on Friday 16th September 2016.

 

A selection of conference papers from the event are scheduled to be published in the Cine-Excess peer reviewed e-Journal.  For further information and regular updates on the event (including information on guests, keynotes and screenings) please visit www.cine-excess.co.uk.

Well-being 2016 conference – 5-6 September

5-6 September 2016, Birmingham City University

This year Well-being 2016 explores the multi-dimensions of well-being focusing on the achievements of well-being through collaboration – to co-create experiences which are positive and meaningful to the individual.

We aim to provide a platform for dialogue between academics and practitioners, knowledge exchange and methodological exploration through a combination of keynote speakers, breakout sessions and workshops.

Key Themes

  • Children’s well-being
  • Nature based solutions towards well-being
  • The context of the medical humanities
  • Recording, representing and evaluating the positive experience
  • Mentoring for well-being
  • Visioning and future thinking of well-being scenarios

Find out more on the website

 

Speech and Language Therapy research seminars

The monthly research seminars in Speech and Language Therapy, in the School of Allied and Public Health Professions, take place every month. They are free and open to anyone with an interest in the field, such as (internal and external) academics, students, clinicians and other professionals.

These monthly seminars take place on Wednesday afternoons from 3-4 pm, and are followed by tea, coffee and biscuits. There is no need to book and seats cannot be reserved. All seminars take place at City South Campus at Westbourne Road (B15 3TN).

See the full programme on the website.

BCMCR Research Seminars – new events page

Taking place every Wednesday, City Centre Campus

The Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research now holds its research seminars weekly. Each week there will be talks by either guest speakers, academics from the centre or our postgraduate researchers.

Upcoming events are listed on the BCMCR site. Keep checking back regularly for event updates.