Loughborough Market Lectures

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

Venue: Market Square, Loughborough


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. 


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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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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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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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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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.

Associated Events

Symposium - Kantor and his influence
Saturday 28th April, 10am-5pm
Martin Hall, Loughborough University
Free / Ticketed
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Exhibition Walk-Through with Mike Cooter
Saturday 5th May, 2pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, 53 New Walk, Leicester, LE1 7EA
Free / Ticketed
Artist Mike Cooter will guide you through his exhibition, introducing his thinking and the works themselves.
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April 2018

Talk - Vikki Jessop

April 2018

Talk - Vikki Jessop

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Vikki will give a talk about ways in which different artworks can be installed in different places. She will share examples of best practice including how to plan and prepare for such work.  In this talk Vikki will share her own professional experience as well as examples from others. This session is designed for students but all are welcome.

Vikki Jessop currently works in the Department of Ancient Egypt & Sudan at the British Museum. After finishing her A-Levels, Vikki’s career in the arts began by volunteering in galleries and museums across Birmingham and Liverpool, she then undertook an apprenticeship at Ikon, Birmingham.

Following this she moved to London to work at Whitechapel Gallery with Rachel Whiteread on her permanent site-specific commission for the building.

Vikki then joined the V&A’s technical services team, whilst still working at Whitechapel Gallery as a Duty Manager and installation technician. Within a year of being at the V&A, Vikki was appointed Head Technician for the Disobedient Objects exhibition which opened in 2014. Alongside work at the V&A, Vikki has also freelanced for several galleries across the UK and also worked on mount- making for Banksy’s 2015 Dismaland project.



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April 2018

Symposium - Kantor and his influence

April 2018

Symposium - Kantor and his influence

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One of the speakers has had to withdraw from the symposium and combined with a low number of advance bookings we have decided to postpone this event until later in the year. Please keep checking our website for announcements on a new date. We are sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.

The work of the Polish artist and director, Tadeusz Kantor, frequently challenged the nature of the object, whether through surreal détournement of the function of a thing, or the bizarre fusion of the performer and the object into a hybrid, struggling identity, striving for new forms of expression, Kantor was haunted by the idea of the possible ‘liveness’ of materials.

This symposium aims to respond to the work of contemporary artists, commissioned by Radar, who are also responding to Kantor, through particular relationships to things, sites, museums and galleries. How might Kantor’s culturally specific ‘poor object’ find itself transformed across decades into a new Europe and a new media age?

Including guest speakers on Kantor and contemporary art practice and panel discussions on objects, Kantor’s history and performance practices (from actors, artists and academics), the symposium offers an opportunity to discuss the legacy of Kantor and the impact of object-based practice today.

Confirmed speakers:

Dr Dan Watt, Loughborough
Dan Watt is Programme Director for Drama at Loughborough University. He gained his PhD from Sussex in 2003, where his thesis explored fragmentary writing in the work of Maurice Blanchot, Samuel Beckett and J.M. Coetzee. He joined Loughborough in 2006. His research interests include philosophical and literary influences on theatre and performance in the twentieth century, specifically in the work of Tadeusz Kantor, and his research includes investigating the nature of abject objects.

Dr Richard Allen, Worcester
Richard Allen is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Worcester. He graduated from Wimbledon College of Art with an MA in Visual Performance (2008) and a PhD in Performance Practice from Aberystwyth University (2014). His work investigates the agency and theatricality of objects through the making of performances, films, essays and publications, including writings about the bio-objects of Kantor.

Noel Witts, Professor of Performing Arts
Noel Witts was born in Swansea and did a degree in English at the University of Leeds, where his theatrical interest started. For the last 10 years he has been busy developing undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the Performing Arts at a variety of UK universities. He has developed international contacts for young theatre practitioners in Poland, Romania, Armenia, and other European countries and is interested in the theatre of Kantor.

Dr Klara Kemp-Welch, Courtauld Institute
Klara Kemp-Welch is Lecturer in 20th-century Modernism at the Courtauld Institute. Klara Kemp-Welch was educated at University College London and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (BA French and Art History, 1999; MA Russian and East European Literature and Culture, 2001; PhD History of Art, 2008). She has published writings about Kantor, and her next book, Networking the Bloc: International Relations and Experimental Art in Eastern Europe 1968-1989, will be published in 2018.

Dr Martin Leach, DMU
Martin Leech is Senior Lecturer in Dance at DMU. Martin’s first degree was in English and Drama at the University of Hull. After graduation he won a Polish Government scholarship to study theatre directing in Poland from 1982–1983. He recently successfully completed his PhD thesis, a philosophical study of Kantor: ‘Even the thing I am …’: Tadeusz Kantor and the Poetics of Being.

Mike Cooter, Artist
Artist Mike Cooter  has  lectured  widely,  written  on  the  history  of  exhibitions  and  recently  completed a PhD at Goldsmiths, London. His current exhibition The Mimic, the Model and the Dupe at New Walk Walk Museum, Leicester (commissioned by Radar) explores the role of objects through the Museum's collection and is inspired by Kantor's work. His work investigates  the  structural  agency  of  objects,  be  they  sculpture,  cinematic  props or other anthropological artefacts - objects co-opted or created to drive narratives, fictional or otherwise.

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.


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