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In the ruins of the university: institution in personal & public history -...
Thu 13 October 2016, 18:00 – 20:00 BST
In the ruins of the university: institution in personal & public history
followed by Q&A with Forster & Heighes
This talk is repeated on Monday 17 October with performative elements.
Alan Read, writes: ‘The title for my lecture is a conflation of two sources that would appear to mark two ends of a cycle between promise and petrification. The first a bowdlerization of Bill Readings’, now two decade-old work, The University in Ruins published after his untimely death. The second, the title of a course taught by Maurice MerleauPonty at the College de France in 1954-1955 shortly before Bill Readings, and I, were born.
In my talk I would like to put this lecture within a University, and this book about a University, to work to explore the relationship between the very new and the very old aspects of our everevolving institution. I will draw on a recent collaboration between the Performance Foundation (which I direct) and theatre makers Forster & Heighes whose triptych, Three King’s, has just been screening as part of the Arts & Humanities Festival in the Council Room. Three King’s is a project that explores the familiar and less familiar spaces of King’s, encouraging new ways of looking at the (literal and figurative) architecture of institution.’
It is advisable to arrive early for the talks in order to view the exhibition in advance.
ALAN READ is a writer and broadcaster and currently Professor of Theatre at King’s and Director of the Performance Foundation.