Art Critical Lecture Series


A series of podcasts created by Goldsmiths University of London.

Podcasts in this series

Susan Schuppli : Material Witness

Susan Schuppli

This lecture explores the concept of “the material witness.” By this I mean an object (specifically a media artefact) whose physical properties or technical configuration records evidence of passing events to which it can actively bear witness. Whether these events register as a by-product of an unintentional encounter (the exposure of celluloid film stock to atmospheric radiation at Chernobyl, for instance) or as an expression of direct action (an edit in a digital video sequence documenting destruction in Bosnia), history—and by extension politics—is registered at these junctures of ontological intensity.

Mon, 11 Mar 13 0

Hito Steyerl: Is the Internet Dead?

Hito Steyerl

Hito Steyerl is an artist and theorist based in Berlin. She recently had a one-person show at the Art Institute of Chicago comprising six video installations. She is a Professor in Fine Art at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin.

Thu, 28 Feb 13 0

Graham Harman : Greenberg and Philosophy

Graham Harman

This lecture will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the priority given to background media in three crucial twentieth century thinkers: Martin Heidegger, Marshall McLuhan, and Clement Greenberg. In Greenberg's case, there will be a discussion of his dismissive assessments of surrealism and dadaism, assessments that stem from his tacit agreement with Heidegger and McLuhan about the triviality of figure in comparison with its sustaining ground. By considering the limits of this shared approach, we will gain a sense of how one might push Heidegger, McLuhan, and Greenberg further.

Mon, 25 Feb 13 0

Eileen Simpson and Ben White: Open Music Archive

Eileen Simpson, Ben White

Artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White present a selection of recent projects, focusing on tactics which value generosity, free circulation and viral distribution. Their ongoing project Open Music Archive is an initiative to source, digitise and distribute out-of-copyright archive material and is a vehicle for collaborative projects exploring the material’s potential for reuse. Their films, performances and live events are by-products of unfolding scenarios, active agents designed to rewire the standardised actions and trajectories of existing networks of cultural and artistic production.

Mon, 18 Feb 13 0

Marysia Lewandowska : Publishing in Process: Ownership in Question

Marysia Lewandowska

What do notions of production, property, ownership and exchange mean to us right now? At a moment when the distribution between what is privately owned and publicly shared in society is being fundamentally scrutinized, questioned and protested in many parts of the world, such inquiry becomes urgent. Publishing in Process: Ownership in Question seeks to establish an ongoing context to investigate, discuss and recalibrate our working definition of such terms collectively. Special focus is placed on ownership in relation to publishing.

Mon, 04 Feb 13 0