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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

CVAC & CCE Research Conversation: “Arts of Habit, Habits of Art: Slow Time, Ecologies, Vision,”

4th June 2019, 10:00 to 16:00, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan’s College

A joint research conversation between the Centre for Visual Arts & Culture and the Centre for Cultural Ecologies.

Our habits make us. Artistic practice, aware of itself as cultivated habit lived through a span of time, shifts the focus of both viewer and artist from product to process, from artefact to mode of doing/being. In this one-day research conversation we will explore the artistic practices of contemporary artists who commit long spans of time to gradual, cumulative projects, in modes of self-documentation, chronobiology, repetition with a difference, and habitual making. Bringing these practices into dialogue with wider questions of ecology, both of self and world, we will consider how habits have the potential to create, transform, or destroy habitats, or to bring them freshly into view. In habit lies yet another lesson of the Anthropocene, our vexed new epoch that incessantly demands adequate 'arts of noticing' (Tsing 2015).

The workshop will coincide with the opening of an exhibition showcasing works from Durham’s art collection that deal with the theme of ecology and the environment. The exhibition has been curated by MA Visual Culture students and Alix Collingwood-Swinburn, Durham’s Curator of Western Art.

10.00: Introduction/welcome

10.15: Talk 1: Alice Highet (independent artist): Artistic Practices of Slow Time

10.45: Talk 2: Lucy Whelan (Humboldt University Berlin): Germaine Richier’s Hybrid Ecologies

11.15: Coffee

11.45: Keynote lecture: Alistair Rider (St Andrews): The Status of Habit in the Era of Biometric Monitoring

13.15: Lunch

14.15: Talk 4: MA Visual Culture students: The Process of Curating Art and Ecology

15.00 Coffee

15.15: Roundtable: Alistair Rider, Caitríona Ní Dhúill, Lucy Whelan, William Schaefer

16.00: Opening of exhibition


Attendance is free of charge and lunch is provided. To reserve a place contact cvac@durham.ac.uk by June 3.