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Joseph-Lester, Jaspar, 2015, Conference or Workshop, The Turn at Wenden Conference, Cologne, DE, 17-18 April 2015.

Abstract or Description:

In this paper I will discuss how the ‘turn’ has been thought in Fine Art. Starting with Fredric Jameson and his notion of the ‘Cultural Turn’ (discussed in his book 'Postmodernism or the Logic of Late Capitalism') and how his ideas about how cultural forms can help us to understand new mutations in capital, social relations and politics remain important for us today. From here I will talk through more recent ‘turns’ in Fine Art: the move to the ‘perfomative’, ‘dialogical aesthetics’, ‘critical spatial practice’, ‘the curatorial turn’ and ‘participatory art’, to name a few. I will then consider the question of working across science and art (supported by some short responses from other artists). Finally, I will explore the changes in teaching programmes and teaching initiatives that reflect these turns with some thoughts about the growth of PhD’s in Fine Art in the UK which I will argue to represent the most significant turn in my discipline.

Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
School or Centre: School of Fine Art
Funders: Cologne University
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2016 09:40
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2016 09:40
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/1966

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