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To Hell with Culture

Wed 3 September, 6:00pm
Cope Auditorium

A screening of To Hell with Culture a portrait of the life and work of Herbert Read, followed by a discussion with director Huw Wahl, Benedict Read and Dr Michael Paraskos.

Co-founder of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Herbert Read (1893-1968) was an influential art critic, poet and anarchist. In his 1943 essay, To Hell with Culture, Read laid out his ideas for a civilisation based on cooperation, in which culture would no longer be a commodity separated from society, but an integral part of everyday life. In this film, which was premiered at the ICA in April, director Huw Wahl engages in conversations with artists, poets, curators, historians and Herbert Read’s children, to ask how we can apply Read’s ideas and approaches to the commodification of culture in our contemporary society. This immersive portrayal of Read’s life and work includes unseen archival material of Herbert Read, his poetry and film of the North Yorkshire landscape where he was born.

To Hell with Culture is being shown at the Cope Auditorium, Loughborough University on Wednesday 3 September 2014 6.00 pm. Book your free tickets here


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