Fine Art lecture series : Gravity 2014/15 programme
The programme for the Fine Art lecture series, Gravity, has been announced for 2014/15. Please see below for information on each discussion, the invited artist and the chair.
In 2014/15 we invited guests to discuss their work by focusing on Time. We will look at how time is used as form, content and material by artists and how they have used their work to represent, evoke, manipulate or transform time.
Find out more about this series of lectures here.
Thursday 23 October
Thursday 20 November
All Gravity lectures take start at 4PM and take place in the Pennine Lecture Theatre at Sheffield Hallam University
Gravity is a forum for discussion of the significance and diversity of material practices in contemporary art to stimulate dialogue on issues of art and culture. The project encompasses a wide range of artistic traditions and takes a broad interdisciplinary approach to making and thinking about art. Alongside our research initiatives, we run a lecture series based in the Fine Art subject area at Sheffield Institute of Art at Sheffield Hallam University. Dynamic discussions connect art practice to science, architecture, literature, film and technology. Attracting students from across undergraduate, postgraduate and research areas as well as a public audience, Gravity has presented a series of presentations each year based on themes such as Beauty, Colour, Atmosphere and Pleasure to illuminate under-explored aspects of art practice and contribute to new interpretations and understanding of creative research.
All art works and creative processes result from some expenditure of time, as time is the medium in which thought and material production take place. The contemplation of lost time has inspired works of art over the centuries from memento mori and vanitas paintings to Mexican Day of the Dead constructions, continuing to occupy a central place in practices of artists as diverse as Andy Warhol, Robert Smithson, Tehching Hsieh, Marina Abramovic, On Kawara, Christian Marclay and Felix Gonzalez- Torres, whose works reflect on the subject of time and broaden our understanding of the time involved in the practice of making art. In our technologically driven culture, radical changes have taken place in our experience of time and increasingly much of our engagement with art is mediated and removed from time, not only the passage of time, but also the time used by the artist to make the work or even the time period in which it was produced.
Penny McCarthy is Reader in Fine Art and researcher with the Art & Design Research Centre (ADRC).
Gary Simmonds is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in Creative Art Practice at SHU.
Andrew Sneddon is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Fine Art and course leader for BA (Hons) Creative Art Practices at SHU.
Yuen Fong Ling is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University.