Call for papers for postgraduates, artists and academics (University of Manchester)
Confirmed speakers: Ed Atkins (Cabinet/Goldsmiths), David Panos (Hollybush Gardens) and Tamara Trodd (University of Edinburgh)
This conference discusses the emergence of a distinctive high-specification, high-gloss aesthetic across a range of practices in contemporary art. We explore the possibility that highly polished modes of production, including but not limited to the digital, can be and are being used to actively produce critical effects and affects.
Papers which write with and from the position of the art object, including papers influenced by the new Object Oriented Ontologies.
Queer and feminist considerations of the sexualisation and gendering of superficiality.
Discussions of the relationship between corporeal messiness and its mediation by the clean and smooth digital image.
Considerations of the tacit dissemination of taste and value judgements in art criticism.
Papers which track the historical development of Marxist and post-Marxist criticism’s relationship with the ‘seductive image‘.
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