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Winchester School of Art

British Art Show 8 | Art Historical Leads: From Theatricality to Plasticity

Published: 11 January 2017
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Join Dr Sunil Manghani, Reader in Critical and Cultural Theory at Winchester School of Art for a two-part Art Historical Leads Lecture inspired by the themes of materials in British Art Show 8.

In the final few days of British Art Show 8 (on until 15 January), a two-part Art Historical Leads Lecture inspired by the theme of materials.

(1) Theatricality | Friday 13 January, 6-8pm at John Hansard Gallery British Art Show 8 is defined by its curators in terms of ‘new materialism’, suggestive of different kinds of material realities beyond human perception. But what if this is just to prompt a new kind of engagement? This lecture looks back to debates of the 1960s to help frame the works on show as a new form of ‘theatricality’ or participation.

(2) Plasticity | Saturday 14 January, 10.30am-12.30pm at Southampton City Art Gallery With reference to early photographic techniques for 3D modelling, the growing use of plastics from the 1950s, and today’s high expectations for 3D printing, this lecture explores the concept of ‘plasticity’ in relation to British Art Show 8 as well as new sculptural works refashioning plastic pop iconography.

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