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AICA | Culture+Conflict | Royal College of Art

Who Cares? Cultural Intelligence: Value, Veneration and Criticality
Tuesday 27 October 09.30 – 17.30
Followed by a Reception for all delegates
Royal College of Art

The theme for the symposium was developed from an article by curator, author and independent art dealer Matthew Bown, Traces of the Holy, (TLS 10.04.2015), which argued for the idea of the contemporary artwork as crypto relic. The symposium will ask: ‘What are the ethical tensions for the contemporary artist, curator and critic when art becomes a global currency at a time of extreme inequality and global instability?’ ‘How does the contemporary artist and critic reconcile and respond to the current realities?’ ‘How can critical integrity be reclaimed and what is the potential for critics to contribute to a wider cultural intelligence?’

Speakers include: JJ Charlesworth, critic, associate editor Art Review | David Cross, artist, Cornford & Cross | Anthony Downey, editor-in-chief Ibraaz, writer, academic | Clo’e Floirat, artist and critic | René Gimpel, Director, Gimpel Fils and galerie gimpel & müller | Ben Lewis, filmmaker, author, critic | Marie-José Mondzain, philosopher | Nina Power, philosopher | Joshua Simon, curator, writer, filmmaker | Julian Stallabrass, art historian, writer, photographer | and with Anna Somers Cocks, The Art Newspaper
Lecture Theatre, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU
Tickets £25 at the desk / Concessionary rate of £15 on production of a student card

A lecture by Matthew BownThe Secret of the Ideological Age, will take place on Monday 26 October 2015, 18.30 – 20.00
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN
Tickets £10 at the desk