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On the occasion of British Art Show 8 (BAS8) in Southampton, the University of Southampton’s LGBT Staff Network is proud to host an ‘In conversation’ event with participating artist Patrick Staff and Louise Coysh, Associate Director, Arts and Culture, University of Southampton.
For BAS8, Staff’s contributes video, performance and installation work The Foundation (2014), housed at John Hansard Gallery, Highfield Campus. Exploring queer or transgender identities, counter-cultures and politics of the body, the film installation combines interviews, historical film material and experimental dance.
This work takes as its starting point time that Staff spent in Los Angeles at the home of the homoerotic artist Tom of Finland, now a foundation dedicated to preserving and raising awareness of the late artist’s work. For the event, the artist will discuss the central themes of their practice, artistic processes and approach to the work, together with screening clips from The Foundation and new film work. A drinks reception will follow the event.
Patrick Staff is an interdisciplinary artist who works with film, installation, dance, theatre, performance and workshops. Through collaborative projects Staff explores a multitude of ideas and notions concerning (but not limited to) discipline and the body, austerity and economic growth, educational and working conditions, policing and ideas of resistance.
*Please note Patrick Staff’s work contains adult content, and may not be suitable for under 18’s.
Image credit: Patrick Staff, The Foundation, 2015 © Patrick Staff. Installation view: British Art Show 8, 2015-17, Inverleith House. Photo © Michael Wolchover.
Date and Time
Building 46, Lecture Theatre 2003
Highfield Campus, University of Southampton