Gillian Whiteley luennoi KuvA:ssa 17.5.2010

Gillian Whiteley 17.5. at KuvA Postgraduate Department. Whiteley is an artist/curator/lecturer based at Loughborough University School of Art and Design (LUSAD) UK.


Date: Monday 17.5.2010
Time: 10.00-12.30, 13.30-16.00

Postgraduate Department
Finnish Academy of Fine Art
Kaikukatu 4

“In the morning session (10.00-12.30), I will provide an overview of my research interests, preoccupations and current projects (including forthcoming collaborative performance at The Knot, Berlin, May 2010) and will present a version of a paper recently given at CAA, Chicago – Transitory utopian potential: spontaneous models for creative critical communities. “

“This will be followed, in the afternoon (13.30-16.00), with an outline of some key research projects and collaborative initiatives at LUSAD – including RadicalAeshetics-RadicalArt which may be of interest to KUVA . I will also highlight a series of research projects and initiatives by current LUSAD PhD students, including the launch of a new online postgraduate journal. It is hoped that some of these projects might offer potential for further collaborations and future connections between practice/ research where there is mutual interest for us and our institutions. I look forward to meeting you all at KUVA. “

Gillian Whiteley is an artist/curator/lecturer (MA Sculpture Studies and doctorate from University of Leeds) based at Loughborough University School of Art and Design (LUSAD) UK. Research interests focus on trans-disciplinary practices and cultural production within socio-political contexts, from cultural activism, artists’ collectives and sites of transitory utopia, from the 1960s through to contemporary practice. She also operates as bricolagekitchen, a multifaceted project space for creative-critical practice, emerging from preoccupations with the art and politics of bricolage, assemblage and trash.

Previous exhibitions curated include Radical Mayhem: Welfare State International and its Followers (Burnley, UK, 2008). In Autumn 2009, she curated Pan-demonium at the AC Institute, Chelsea, New York, featuring the work of over 50 sonic, visual and text-based artists. Recent publications include H.Crawford, (ed) Artistic Bedfellows: Histories, Theories, and Conversations in Collaborative Art Practices (American Press. Inc., 2008), Greasepaint Guerrillas: Clowning as a Subversive Strategy (, Telling Stories: Countering Narrative in Art, Theory and Film (2009) and forthcoming book, Junk: Art and the Politics of Trash (summer 2010). In February 2010, she co-organised a symposium, RadicalAesthetics-RadicalArt and is currently co-planning a related book series on this theme with particular interests focusing around emergent anti-capitalist ideas and possibilities for revisiting communitarian thinking. She is currently Honorary Editor of The Art Book (Association of Art Historians/Wiley Blackwell) and Associate Editor of the forthcoming Intellect journal, Art & the Public Sphere, due out Autumn 2010..She is also part of a collective of improvisors, The Gated Community. See

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