‘Ladies and Gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones’ is a two-day symposium taking place in the School of Design, 5-6 October 2017. The international conference is devoted to discussing and celebrating the career of musician, model, actor and icon Jones across the full span of her career. Organised by Dr Glyn Davis and Dr Jonathan Murray – who in March 2016 organised a conference at ECA on the Pet Shop Boys – it will involve talks, screenings, and nightclubbing.
Keynote speakers and panellists will discuss topics including Jones’ relationship to the field of fashion, her role as muse or collaborator to artists including Keith Haring and Andy Warhol, her contributions to disco music, the production histories of her records, and her influence on a younger generation of popular musicians. There will be assessment of Grace Jones’ dancing, of her tour and film ‘One Man Show’, and of her infamous slapping of Russell Harty on UK television. We are delighted that documentary film-maker Sophie Fiennes will join the conference to discuss the making of her new movie about Grace Jones, ‘Bloodlight and Bami’. The event will end with a club night at the Wee Red Bar.
The Grace Jones symposium is the second in a series of international conferences devoted to exploring ‘the iconic’: the first, on David Bowie, took place at the University of Bergamo in May 2017. This event will also be used to launch a new research group at ECA, the Music and Design Forum. Registration for the conference is now open. You can follow the development of the event on social media: on Twitter (@onlytherhythm), Facebook (www.facebook.com/gracejonessymposium) and Tumblr (gracejonessymposium.tumblr.com).