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'Art, Activism and Alternative Institutions'
Thu 28 April 2016, 13:00 – 14:00 BST
MARKET LECTURES PROGRAMME
'Art, Activism and Alternative Institutions' by Dr. Vlad Morariu & Jaakko Karhunen
AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellow & Phd Student
1968 was the year in which there was a worldwide escalation of social conflicts, predominantly characterized by popular rebellions against military and bureaucratic elites. When thinking of this year, many will remember the French workers and students organizing the general strikes and university and factory occupations, or the invasion of Prague by Warsaw Pact troops. But what is the significance of 1968 for Britain? Dr. Vlad Morariu and Jaakko Karhunen will explore a chain of events in Britain ranging from the founding of the London Anti-University and its connections to the (anti)psychiatric institution of Kingsley Hall, to the art school occupations that happened in a number of art schools across the UK. The lecture explores the particular intersection between philosophy, psychiatry and art practices and theory and their influence in shaping the anti-establishment thrust of 1968 in Britain, and questions their role in shaping the contemporary intellectual, political and cultural public sphere.