Fancy a date with difference?
Difference Goes Speed Dating will be hosting a series of encounters between artists, students, academics and industry specialists engaged in lens-based media practices.
Using speed dating as a format, sixteen lucky participants will be joined by four invited artists to form randomised pairs and explore the ways they deal with the concept of difference in their practice. The aim is to survey and to attempt to tackle the issues surrounding difference, which include (and are not limited to) visual and non-visual representations of race, gender, sexuality, class, language, power and desire.
The resulting encounters will culminate in a public symposium, hosted by the Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School Public Programme and held at Chelsea College of Arts in February 2018. Matched-up participants will present their findings and form further discussions exploring current and alternative ways of picturing difference in contemporary lens-based practices and beyond.
Given the political climate nationally and transnationally, understanding difference and challenging stereotypical perceptions around identity have become imperative. Difference Goes Speed Dating follows on from Professor Robert Storr's rallying call to action, that 'theory has its moment, but there is a time for empirical work' (TrAIN Open lecture, November 2016). This event invites dialogue between artists in creating a visual toolkit for tackling difference, in all its manifestations.
To apply to be a dater, whether student, academic, artist, or industry specialist, please complete this quick online form by Monday 30 October 2017: https://arts.ac.uk/speed-dating
You will be notified of the outcome on the week commencing 6th November 2017.
17.00 – 20.00 | 29 November 2017
Red Room, Chelsea College of Arts, London
10.00 – 18.00 | 23 February 2018
Banqueting Hall, Chelsea College of Arts, London
For more information about the workshop please contact Dr Ope Lori: [email protected]
Presented by Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School Public Programme.
This event has been curated by Dr Ope Lori. She is a lens-based artist primarily working with moving-image, interested in the politics of looking practices, race, gender and representation. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and is currently completing a book on encountering difference through the lens. Dr Ope Lori is a TrAIN Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and BA Fine Art Associate Lecturer at Chelsea College of Arts and Lecturer at Leeds Arts University.
Image: Ope Lori, Alpha and Beta (2015). Ope Lori.