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MARs Session 4
FANDOM AS METHODOLOGY

Organised by Catherine Grant (c.grant@gold.ac.uk)

with guests including Giulia Damiani, Owen Parry, Alison Jones and Kate Random Love

In this series of seminars we will take fandom seriously. We will ask: What does it mean to be a fan, and what might that mean for art practice and art writing? We will explore how artists and art writers can draw on models taken from fan cultures. With prep sessions featuring writing together, re-enactment and reading, we will prepare for the main session where invited writers and artists will share their fan-based methodologies.

MAIN SESSION: Friday, 23 March @ 14.00-17.00

Prep Session 1: Tuesday, 27 February @ 10.00-12.00
Prep Session 2: Tuesday, 6 March @ 10.00-12.00
Prep Session 3: Tuesday, 13 March @ 10.00-12.00

PLEASE NOTE: STRIKE ACTION IS PLANNED FOR THE PERIOD COVERED BY THE THREE PREP SESSIONS, SO THESE MAY BE CANCELLED. THE MAIN SESSION DOES NOT FALL ON A STRIKE DAY AND WILL GO AHEAD AS PLANNED.

Notes for Participants

  • Participants may sign up for all sessions, or just the main session.
  • The sessions are open to all postgraduate research students as well as academic staff researchers.
  • Each of these four sessions has set reading. The reading list can be accessed here: https://gold.rl.talis.com/lists/F72BD55B-1788-195B-5BF6-264DF2C3FF9C.html
  • If you don’t have a Goldsmiths log-in, please get in touch with Catherine Grant so you can get access to the set readings (if you are from Goldsmiths, log-in on the top left hand corner of the reading list and then you’ll be able to access the scans of the set reading).

Prep Session 1: READ
Tuesday, 27 February @ 10.00-12.00

In this first prep session we will be reading texts that critically explore fandom. Please bring a paragraph from a text that really moves you. It can be theory, poetry, fiction.... We will think about what it means to be a fan in an academic context.

Prep Session 2: RE-ENACT
Tuesday, 6 March @ 10.00-12.00

In this second prep session we will re-enact a play together. Researcher Giulia Damiani will share a translation she has made of a play originally written in Italian by the feminist group Le Nemesiache. We will draw on Bertolt Brecht's theory of the learning-play to see how re-enactment can be an embodied form of learning, foregrounding rehearsal and discussion.

Prep Session 3: WRITE
Tuesday, 13 March @ 10.00-12.00

In this third prep session we will write together. Drawing on ideas from Della Pollock's essay "Performing Writing", as well as Holly Pester's reflections on writing archival fanfiction, we'll think about how to write critically and creatively. To do this, please bring along something that you are a fan of – an artwork, a book, an image, an idea.

Main Session: FANDOM AS METHODOLOGY
Friday, 23 March @ 14.00-17.00

In this seminar we will explore the idea of "Fandom as Methodology" in the company of writers and artists who have embraced fandom in their academic and creative practice. There will be presentations from: Owen Parry, Kate Random Love and Alison Jones.

Biographies

Giulia Damiani is a writer, curator, translator and tutor at Goldsmiths University in London. She’s currently completing her PhD (AHRC scholarship) focusing on writing, prophecies, un/translatability, a feminist archive from Napoli and collaborations with performers. She disseminates her research widely through publications and talks. Her curated exhibitions include Coated in Pre-existence (The Cob Gallery, London 2016) and Infinite Unica (The Studio, Amman, 2015). In May 2017 she presented her performance How to Sing a Prophecy at Santarcangelo dei Teatri (Italy) and during her writing project at the centre Pivô in São Paulo. In 2018 her writing will be published in the book Over and Over and Over Again: Re-Enactment Strategies in Contemporary Arts and Theory (ICI, Berlin). www.giuliadamiani.eu

Catherine Grant is Lecturer in the Art and Visual Cultures Departments at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is currently working on the re-enactment of feminist histories in contemporary art. The project began with the essay “Fans of Feminism: re-writing histories of second-wave feminism” (2011), which tried to theorise her long-standing interest in passionate attachments to political ideas and queer sexualities. She has also recently published the article “A Time of One’s Own” in the Oxford Art Journal, December 2016 and is the co-editor of Girls! Girls! Girls! (2011) and Creative Writing and Art History (2012). With Kate Random Love she is working on an edited collection Fandom as Methodology.

Alison Jones' paintings are figurative physical and gestural, and are imbued with questions of feminism and criticality. Her imagery is drawn from international art and culture magazines, and she uses a range of painterly languages from expressionism through fashion illustration, cartoons and graphics. Her methodology involves willfully muddling the discourses of contemporary art, hagiography, Marxism, feminism and journalism, misquoting theory and getting it wrong as a deliberate strategy for exploring the ideologies of the art world. She has also been engaged in a long-standing collaboration with Milly Thompson which erupts now and again for a rethinking and reiteration of art, feminism, showing off, luxury, distinction and BEING HOT.

Dr Owen G. Parry (b.1983, Wales) is an artist, researcher and fan working across live art, theatre, installation, moving image, sound and writing, exploring subjects including gay sex, trash, biopolitics, fandoms, online cultures and Yoko Ono. Owen initiated the Fan Riot project in 2015 (http://fanriot.tumblr.com/) exploring the relationship between participatory art and fan cultures, which includes a fan club series with contributing artists and fans, publications, artworks and performances.

Owen completed a PhD at Goldsmiths in 2013, and is currently an associate lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths and Central Saint Martins. His work has been included in shows, programmes and publications internationally. http://owengparry.com

Kate Random Love is a lecturer in Fine Art Critical Studies at Glasgow School of Art and Contextualising Practice at Manchester School of Art. She is interested in fandom and adolescence in contemporary art, especially in relation to difficult feelings about straight white dead boys.

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