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Mark Titchner: Debating Society & Run


Mark Titchner developed a site specific performance set within the historic lawned circle known as the Lawn Fountain, overlooked by Loughborough University’s Marketing headquarters and the Students’ Union.

Titchner continued his exploration into language and found text through the recreation of the University Debating Society, which had not existed at Loughborough since 1949. The Lawn Fountain became the setting of a debating chamber in which historic debates were resurrected and new debates initiated. The centrepiece was two large tower structures that featured Titchers visual statements and graphics, a stage provided space for eight simultaneous speakers.

The Lawn Fountain became an area not only for debate, but also running, which offered a new challenge to the athletes of the University to record the quickest time around the historic circuit. Titchner reflected on the connection between physical excellence and political ideology; athletic dominance mirroring the intellectual combat of debate.

Mark Titchner is fascinated by the myriad systems of belief that permeate contemporary culture. He often revisits defunct and outmoded philosophies, especially those born out of an avant-garde idealism which has long since waned. Conflicting theories are extracted from their historical framework and submitted to us for reappraisal, reassembled as hybrid installations incorporating wall paintings, vinyl banners, performance, light boxes and hand-carved sculptures.        

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