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London Congress Keynote Speaker Matthew Bown: The Secret of the Ideological Age


AICA 48th International Congress Keynote Opening Lecture

Matthew Bown: The Secret of the Ideological Age
Monday 26 October 2015
18.00 – 20.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 0RN

This keynote evening lecture from Matthew Bown will open the debate for the 2015 AICA symposium, Who Cares? Cultural Intelligence: Value, Veneration and Criticality.

The theme for the symposium was developed from an article by Matthew Bown ‘Traces of the Holy‘ (Times Literary Supplement, 10 April 2015) which argued for the idea of the contemporary artwork as crypto relic. The extreme veneration of art in a hyper inflated market is the focus of the symposium which asks: what are the ethical tensions for the contemporary artist and critic when art becomes a global currency at a time of extreme inequality and instability?

The symposium will take place the following day at the Royal College of Art in partnership with the RCA project, Culture+Conflict. Confirmed speakers include Professor Julian Stallabrass (The Courtauld), Dr Anthony Downey (Art and Politics Now, 2015), Nicholas Bourriaud (The Radicant 2009), Rene Gimpel (Gimpel Fils,London; Gimpel &,Müller, Paris), JJ Charlesworth (Art Review), Ben Lewis (The Great Contemporary Art Bubble, award winning documentary, 2009); and Anna Somers Cocks (The Art Newspaper) will chair one session. The event addresses a timely and critical issue and will benefit academic peers and a wider public.

This event will be followed by a reception in the Foyer.

Tickets to the event can be found on the Courtauld website here, AICA UK members are eligible for a reduced registration fee – AICA UK members’ Congress fee payment is £50 by bank transfer or cheque to Charles Pickstone AICA treasurer.  UK non-members can pay the 80 euro/120 euro (or on the day sterling equivalent)  as on the AICA International website.