Loughborough Market Lectures

From: Thu 28 April, 9:00am
To: Fri 29 April, 4:00pm

Venue: Market Square, Loughborough

FREE

A series of University lectures will be taking place in Loughborough’s town centre on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 April. This event is part of Something & Son’s Market Town commission Market Lectures, where the University and the market are trading places. The Market Lectures will be preceded by a University Market on Wednesday 27 April, when market traders will be coming to the University campus for a special market day. 

Something & Son have been playfully exploring the relationship between the two things that Loughborough is most famous for: the day-to-day activity of its markets and its University. These two elements from the town are usually quite separate and the design collective has created a unique installation which brings them together. A symbolic structure will be constructed which functions as both a market stall and a small lecture theatre and will form the centrepiece of both market and lectures. This structure will be produced by a local welder and can be used as a place for the trade of goods as well as knowledge. 

MARKET LECTURES PROGRAMME - THURSDAY 28 APRIL

9am – 10am 
Towards Ash-Wednesday by Dr. Oliver Tearle
Lecturer in English

After T. S. Eliot's conversion to Christianity in 1927, his poetry found a new direction, and this is what Dr. Oliver Tearle will consider in his seminar. Dr. Tearle will be focusing particularly on T. S. Eliot's 1927 poem 'Journey of the Magi', which he wrote shortly after his conversion, and his 1930 poem 'Ash-Wednesday'. (This is a student seminar session) 

11am – 12pm
Making Mischief in Public by Antoinette Burchill 
Phd School of the Arts 

Antoinette has performed at street arts festivals across the UK: from Derby Festé, to Bath’s Bedlam Fair, to Kendal Mintfest, to a Banquet Tour of Cumbria. In her lecture Antoinette will talk about how she developed The Wizard of Oz as a walkabout street performance, and the tactics she uses to create a theatre on the street where none really exists. She states there is a delight in performing to a street audience who is expectant – waiting around for you to do something interesting, but there is more mischief to be made by guerrilla street performances. By seeking out, and then surprising an unsuspecting audience. 

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1pm – 2pm
Art, Activism and Alternative Institutions by Dr. Vlad Morariu & Jaakko Karhunen 
AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellowand Co-Researcher & Phd Research 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.

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3pm - 4pm
The home: an energy machine for comfortable living? by Kate Simpson & Vicki Tink 
Phd Civil and Building Engineering

“A house is a machine for living in”. (Le Corbusier, 1923)
The home is ideally a comfortable, cosy place in which people feel safe and able to create precious memories with family or loved ones, right? Physical comfort is likely provided by a mechanical heat source and stored within the outer shell. What happens when we adjust the thermodynamics of the shell or adjust the efficiency of the mechanical heat source? How does this even take place? Is it invasive? How do people respond to changes in surface temperature and air velocity? An exploration of perceptions of comfort combined with empirical measurements to create a story of life within the machine called home.

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MARKET LECTURES PROGRAMME - FRIDAY 29 APRIL

9 – 10am
The Role of Rapid Diagnostics In Humanity's 'War Against Bugs' by Dr. Sourav Ghosh

Lecturer in Healthcare Engineering

Rapid diagnosis of infections for early onset of appropriate treatment is essential to save lives and limit antimicrobial resistance. The state-of-the-art diagnostics is unable to address this need. This talk presents the importance of rapid diagnostics, the fundamental challenges in realising them in practice, and the innovations and cross-disciplinary skills required to address these challenges. It will also discuss the role of Loughborough University in bringing together global expertise from academia, industry and clinic to fight what is arguably the greatest threat to humanity. (This is a student seminar session)

11am – 12pm
What makes a successful career? by Professor John Arnold 
Professor of Organisational Behaviour in the School of Business and Economics

Everywhere you look these days there’s an emphasis on success, with a lot of envy of those who appear to have more of it than we do. Luckily, success is a very flexible concept. Applying it to our working lives, in this session Prof. Arnold will explore with the audience different ways of thinking about success in a career. He will also use academic research to consider how (and whether) we can increase our chances of achieving the kind of career success we want. This will be applicable to any working life, not just high status jobs with prospects.   

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1-2pm
No Laughing Matter? The History and Science of Laughter by Dr. Tim Miles
Lecturer in Drama

Why do we laugh? It is, when you think about it, an extraordinary thing to do. Our stomach muscles tense, we make strange sounds, start crying, and maybe even lose control of our bowels.  And all because someone has fallen over in the office.  Laughing is usually pleasurable but being tickled can be almost torture. We laugh when we are nervous or afraid, or want to feel part of a group, or to have people like us. Laughter is very odd, and very human. The talk will consider historical explanations of laughter, from seeing it as a sign of the presence of the devil to a form of mental illness, touching on the ideas of Kant, Nietzsche, Freud and others, to more recent discoveries in neuroscience and evolutionary biology. What happens when rats are tickled? Will computers ever be funny? How may laughter fit into out earliest developments of language?  Discover all this, and more!

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4-5pm
Dare we care? How we might make child mortality a thing of the past by Dr. David Roberts
Senior Lecturer of Peace and Conflict Studies

Every year, nearly 6 million infants die before they reach the age of 5 – the most vulnerable of our species. Doctors say proximate cause of death is mostly avoidable, so why do these epic fatalities occur? Dr. Roberts will discuss this philosophically, emotionally, politically, economically and in terms of global power structures that determine who lives and who dies. This might help us to see how easy child mortality is to fix, not by extraordinary people doing extraordinary things, but by ordinary people creating extraordinary outcomes.

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Installation view They bow. Curtain. No applause., 2017, Spike Island, Bristol. Photo Stuart Whipps.jpg

February 2018

Artist Talk: Giles Round

February 2018

Artist Talk: Giles Round

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Giles Round is an artist operating across a variety of disciplines including architecture, ceramics, design, print and typography. He engages with materials, processes and collaborators to address the relationship between art, design and functionality. As such the work is populated with citation and misappropriation of an extensive catalogue of collated references. Round’s recent exhibition They bow. Curtain. No applause. at Spike Island in Bristol drew on his professional experience as an exhibition designer to theatricalise the standard systems of display employed by galleries and museums. 

This talk will focus on the making of three recent exhibitions through the roles of artist, curator and designer. 

Recent exhibitions include They bow. Curtain. No applause., Spike Island, Bristol, 2017 (solo); We live in the office, RIBA, London, 2016 (solo); Design Work Leisure, part of ‘Underline’ series, Art on the Underground, London; Ljubljana, 1955, 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts, Galerija Jakopič, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2015 (solo); AGAIN! SORRY! AGAIN! SORRY!, YOUNG TEAM, London, 2015 (solo); Commons Room, Grizedale Arts at Anyang Public Art Project Biennial, Anyang, South Korea, 2014.

Image: Installation view for They bow. Curtain. No applause., 2017, Spike Island, Bristol. Photo by Stuart Whipps.

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March 2018

Artist Talk: Kelly Large

March 2018

Artist Talk: Kelly Large

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Kelly Large’s multi-disciplinary practice engages with acts of public appearance and the agency attached to ‘being visible’; especially how different registers of visibility and public-ness are entangled with the social relations of art practice and its presentation. In both her artistic and curatorial practices she explores these ideas through producing and commissioning live work that uses forms of social choreography to reconsider the relationship between individual and collective agency. In her talk she will discuss the complexities of commissioning live and site specific works in public and private contexts.

Kelly currently works as an independent curator; and as a tutor on the Curating Contemporary Art programme at the Royal College of Art. Between 2013–2016 she was Curator: Public Programme at Zabludowicz Collection, where she produced performances by Helen Benigson, Martin Creed, Alexandre da Cunha, Andy Holden, Raúl de Nieves, Jack Tan and Katrina Palmer; and worked with Rachel Maclean, Heather Phillipson, Jon Rafman and Ryan Trecartin amongst others. Recent projects include Empathy Flows, an evening of spoken word exploring the promotion and consumption of emotion with newly commissioned work by artists and poets; and Fictions Are Realities To Come, a series of new performances intersecting real and virtual worlds.

Her work has been presented at Tate Modern, David Roberts Art Foundation, 52nd Venice Biennale, Eastside Projects, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, and MIMA.

Image: Raúl De Nieves, Los oceano son la carne, 2014. Photograph by Ollie Hammick

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March 2018

The Object is Alive Exhibition - Mike Cooter - The Mimic, the Model and the Dupe

March 2018

The Object is Alive Exhibition - Mike Cooter - The Mimic, the Model and the Dupe

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Radar has invited artist Mike Cooter to actively engage with New Walk Museum’s collection, taking inspiration from the work of Polish artist and theatre maker Tadeusz Kantor, whose work was concerned with the role and status of the object. The Mimic, the Model and the Dupe, will draw on Kantor’s Anti-Exhibition (1963) and Leicester-born naturalist Henry Walter Bates’ (1825 -92) research into a form of mimicry that would take his name. Working across holdings from fine art, natural history, industrial design, decorative arts and material cultures, the exhibition will look to explore how the objects in the collection both perform and reproduce themselves through their own agency and in symbiotic relationship with organisations that host them.

Kantor has been extensively researched by Dr Dan Watt, Senior Lecturer in Drama, Loughborough University. The exhibition is part of a wider programme, entitled ‘The Object is Alive’, that has invited artists to develop new exhibitions in response to the work of Kantor and their own interest in the agency of the object. The exhibition will be accompanied by a major symposium on the influence of Kantor taking place at Loughborough University on the 28th April 2018.

Image: Research photograph (with thanks to Michael Asher), Mike Cooter, 2017. Boiler heating the Abbey Pumping Station, home of Leicester City Council’s Industrial History Museum.

Evan Ifekoya, A Score, A Groove, a Phantom, Performance Whitstable Biennale 2016, photo by Bernard G Mills.jpg

April 2018

Music, Movement, Power: Blackness and Sonic Resistance

April 2018

Music, Movement, Power: Blackness and Sonic Resistance

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There are a myriad of forces at work that prevent, enable and force movement. Borders prevent freedom of movement between states. Police and private security regulate movement through social space. Social housing tenants are forcibly relocated as areas are gentrified. Such issues disproportionately affect black people. Yet being made to move is not always a negative phenomenon; and a number of black musicians and artists have explored the role that music can play in creating times and spaces of collective empowerment to subvert, resist and overcome these power structures.

With contributions from musicians, artists and academics, this event explores the relationships between blackness, music, and the (in)ability to move. What is the relationship between grime and social housing? What does it mean when songs can cross borders but people can’t? How might music work within, against, and beyond a world in which free movement is denied to so many?

With Evan Ifekoya, Xana, and James Esson.

Image: Evan Ifekoya, A Score, A Groove, a Phantom, Performance Whitstable Biennale 2016, photo by Bernard G Mills

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