Dr Matt Lodder is Lecturer in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture at the University of Essex. He completed his PhD on "Body Art: Body Modification as Artistic Practice" (University of Reading, 2010). His current research is concerned with the history of Western tattooing, and the artistic status of body art and body modification practices.
He has lectured on a wide range of topics: body modification practices, tattoos and tattooing; contemporary performance art; deconstructivist architecture; lowbrow and outsider art; pop surrealism; digital and internet art; art & science; and Deleuzean approaches to art.
Recently, he has acted as a contributor and expert consultant for various television projects on body art and body modification, including the Today programme, the Jeremy Vine Show, Sky News, BBC Breakfast News, 'Coast' and National Geographic's 'Taboo', as well as on other local, national and international radio programmes. Radio 4 created a 30-minute radio documentary called "A Mortal Work of Art" which drew heavily on his PhD research and in which he features as a major contributor. His first book "Tattoo: An Art History" is currently in production.
His talk will focus on Cynicism and Contemporary Art in the work of the Swedish artist Dan Wolgers.
The event is free and open to all.