Dr Malcolm Quinn, Associate Dean of Research and Director of CCW Graduate School, will be speaking at Stupidious at the South London Gallery on Saturday 8 Feb 2013, a day of talks and screenings that looks at stupidity as both a subject and a strategy of artistic production. This event follows the publication of Quinn’s article ‘Stupidity is Anything at All’ in a special issue of the journal Parallax, 19:3, pp. 70-82.

The event examines “the cultural importance of stupidity with a particular focus on its ethical and political effects as well as the challenges it presents to art making and critical writing. High culture is supposed to keep its audience from being stupid, yet artists and theorists have repeatedly turned their attention to this marginalised subject. Stupidity carries a number of significant associations and implications – questions of intellectual superiority, of judgment and understanding, of the nature of thought, of certitude and selfhood, of insult and exclusion, of legitimate and illegitimate knowledge.”  Further information and details for booking can be found on the South London Gallery website.

Dr Malcolm Quinn’s current research focuses on identity, taste and governance in the thought of Jeremy Bentham and Adam Smith, with reference to Jacques Lacan’s account of the ‘utilitarian conversion’ in ethics. He is the author (with Professor Dany Nobus) of Knowing Nothing Staying Stupid: Elements for a Psychoanalytic Epistemology(Routledge, 2005) and ‘Insight and Rigour: A Freudo-Lacanian Approach’ in The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts (2010).  His book Utilitarianism and the Art School in Nineteenth-Century Britain was published in 2012.

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