bodycity - a visual arts project in three parts



Saturday November 17 2007
Keynote and panel discussion: 10am-6pm
Stelarc performance: 7pm

Hall of St. Michael and Johns Church, Cultivate Centre,
15-19 Essex Street West, Temple Bar, Dublin 8.

Places limited - admission free - registration is required.

A unique one-day international event of talks, performances and a panel discussion to raise questions about the cities we are building today and their effect on our lives. There are four keynote speakers: leading world figures from Philosophy, Sociology, Architecture and the Arts.

Zygmunt Bauman
A philosopher and sociologist he is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds and the University of Warsaw, a senior and widely published thinker whose recent books discuss the liquidity of life.

Saskia Sassen
Saskia Sassen is the Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University after a decade at the University of Chicago and London School of Economics. Her recent books are Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages ( Princeton University Press 2006) and A Sociology of Globalization (Norton 2007).

Anthony Vidler
An architectural historian and critic he is Dean and Professor of Architecture at The Cooper Union School of Architecture whose book Warped Space - Art, Architecture and Anxiety in Modern Culture received wide critical acclaim.

Update Nov 14 : It is with great sadness that we heard on Tuesday that Anthony Vidler has been taken ill in New York and is unable to travel to Ireland to participate in bodytalkcity.

We would still like his involvement at some later stage in bodycity, as his practice and thoughts are so well placed questioning the junction of architecture and art. We hope to get an opportunity to bring him back to Dublin next year but in the meantime we wish him a full and speedy recovery.

Paul Seawright
An artist and photographer, he has exhibited his work worldwide. He has often dealt with conflict situations including Northern Ireland and Afghanistan, he is Professor of Photography at the University of Ulster.

Zygmund Bauman, Saskia Sassen and Anthony Vidler
Zygmund Bauman, Saskia Sassen and Anthony Vidler

Paul Seawright - Crossing - Invisible Cities [2005]
Paul Seawright - Crossing - Invisible Cities [2005]

PANEL DISCUSSION - Crisis What Crisis

Ciaran Benson The Professor of Psychology at University College Dublin will introduce and chair a Panel Discussion with Fintan O’Toole the historical writer and literary critic who as a political commentator has a strong independent voice. Joe Kerr, Head of Critical & Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art in London, who has published widely on the history and theory of Modern Architecture and Urbanism, and is also a London bus driver, working out of Tottenham Garage. Ellen Rowley critic and writer on art and architecture who teaches in the department of history of art and architecture at Trinity College Dublin and Peter Sheridan the Writer and playwright, theatre and film director whose work is rooted in the culture of Dublin’s Inner City and its history.

STELARC - Special Evening Presentation

Images of Stelarc's presentation at bodytalkcity

Stelarc is an Australian based performance artist whose work explores and extends the concept of the body and its relationship with technology through human-machine interfaces and cyborgisation incorporating medical imaging, prosthetics, robotics, VR systems and the Internet . The interest is in alternate, intimate and involuntary experiences.

Stelarc - PROSTHETIC HEAD - 2003
Stelarc - PROSTHETIC HEAD [2003]

Stelarc is Chair in Performance Art, School of Arts Brunel University, West London, and Senior Research Fellow & Artist in Residence, MARCS Laboratories, University of Western Sydney, Australia.



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