School of Art Friday Lecture: Lucy Soutter

  • Friday, January 27, 2017 - 11:30 to 13:00

  • Edinburgh College of Art Main Building, Main Lecture Theatre (E22)
    74 Lauriston Place
    EH3 9DF

This event by guest speaker Lucy Soutter is the first in our Friday Lecture Series on the theme of Temporality.

Dr Lucy Soutter is an artist, critic and art historian. A multi-disciplinary background provides the foundation for her teaching and writing. After studying Art and English at Harvard, and Photography at CalArts, she did a PhD in History of Art at Yale, focusing on the uses of photography by 1960s conceptual artists. Lucy’s work focuses on questions of value and meaning in contemporary art and photography. She has written art criticism for publications including Aperture, Source, Frieze and 1,000 Words. She is the author of Why Art Photography? (Routledge, 2013) She has taught at the London College of Commmunication and the Royal College of Art, and recently took up a new position as the Course Leader of the MA Photography Arts at the University of Westminster.

The Anthropocene: On the Edge of Perception

The Anthropocene emerged as a term in the physical sciences in the 1980s to describe the current geological era characterized by the impact of humans. Geological time, which had once been measured by the very slow movement of tectonic plates and ice ages, has accelerated to reflect humankind’s recent, rapid alterations to the planet via fossil fuels, nuclear materials and overpopulation. Recently the term has been making inroads into the social sciences and humanities, to the extent that it has even been called “the new Postmodernism". This talk explores what kinds of art practices bring the anthropocene into visibility, and what implications this idea may have for our ecology, politics and aesthetics.

About the School of Art Friday Lecture Series

The School of Art Friday Lectures is a public series of talks by leading national and international artists and thinkers.

This year, the Lectures are focused around the School’s research clusters: Futurity, Material, Narrative, Sexes and Temporality.The School of Art’s practice-led research embodies and critically reflects upon new registers of contemporary art, whilst rearticulating processes and practices associated with established artistic media.

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