Fandom as Methodology launch
Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art
Friday 1st November, 6-8pm
Please join us for a panel discussion and reception to celebrate the launch of Fandom as Methodology: a sourcebook for artists and writers. The editors of the book will be joined by Dominic Johnson, Holly Pester and Michelle Williams Gamaker to discuss art, fandom and the obsessions that lie in between. The panel will also include a video screening by Owen Parry.
Fandom as Methodology examines fandom as a set of practices for approaching and writing about art. The collection includes experimental texts, autobiography, fiction, and new academic perspectives on fandom in and as art. Key to the idea of “fandom as methodology” is a focus on the potential for fandom in art to create oppositional spaces, communities, and practices, particularly from queer perspectives, but also through transnational, feminist and artist-of-colour fandoms. The book provides a range of examples of artists and writers working in this vein, as well as academic essays that explore the ways in which fandom can be theorised as a methodology for art practice and art history.
Fandom as Methodology proposes that many artists and art writers already draw on affective strategies found in fandom. With the current focus in many areas of art history, art writing, and performance studies around affective engagement with artworks and imaginative potentials, fandom is a key methodology that has yet to be explored.
"Rescuing fandom from the realm of cultural studies, this exciting collection bravely asserts fandom as an effective means of critical discourse. As editors Grant and Random Love suggest, the reflex distance and skepticism of traditional criticism are merely a choice that may be abandoned at any time; it is equally possible for an actor or an artwork or musician to be understood in every dimension through the filters of empathy, enthusiasm and love."
Chris Kraus, author of Social Practices, After Kathy Acker, and other books
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