Difference Goes Speed Dating - Call for Entries

Alpha and Beta - Ope Lori. 2015.
Ope Lori.

The Difference Goes Speed Dating event will host a series of encounters between artists, students, academics and industry specialists engaged in lens-based media practices.

Using speed dating as a format, 16 lucky participants will be joined by 4 invited artists to explore the ways they deal with difference in their practice.

The aim is to survey and attempt to tackle issues surrounding difference, which include, but are not limited to visual and non-visual representations of race, gender, sexuality, class, language, power and desire.

Given the political climate nationally and transnationally, understanding difference and challenging stereotypical perceptions around identity has become imperative. Difference Goes Speed Dating follows on from Professor Robert Storr’s rallying call to action, that “theory has its moment, but there is a time for empirical work” (TrAIN Open lecture, November 2016). This event is that work, encouraging dialogue between artists in creating a visual toolkit for tackling difference, in all its manifestations.

The event will take place 17.00 - 20.00, Wednesday 29 November 2017.

Would you like to participate in the Difference Goes Speed Dating event?

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Enter by 17.00, Monday 30 October 2017.

You will be notified of the outcome of your entry during the week commencing 6 November.

The resulting encounters from the Difference Goes Speed Dating event will culminate in a public symposium held at Chelsea College of Arts in February 2018.

Participants will present their findings and discuss current and alternative ways of picturing difference in contemporary lens-based practices and beyond. The event will be hosted by the Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School Public Programme.

For more information about the event please contact Dr Ope Lori - o.lori@chelsea.arts.ac.uk

Dr Ope Lori is a lens-based artist primarily working with moving-image, interested in the politics of looking practices, race, gender and representation. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and is currently completing a book on encountering difference through the lens. Lori is a TrAIN Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and BA Fine Art Associate Lecturer at Chelsea College of Arts and Lecturer at Leeds Arts University.