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Writing Photographs

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Lecture series at London College of Communication, 2018

The Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary Research Hub at London College of Communication is pleased to announce a series of research talks thinking about the relationship of photography and writing – and how photographs are expanded, altered and dissected through text. Talks will be introduced by short presentations of works by current students and alumni.

These events are free and open to all.

Wednesday 28 Febuary 2018, 4.30-6.30, LTB, LCC

Marcus Coates & Peter Liversidge

Marcus Coates: ‘Th uh wurd iz goo d’

Marcus will be discussing his current exhibition at Workplace gallery, The Last of Its Kind (until 14 April).Central to the exhibition are two new films produced in association with the Museum of the Flat Earth on Fogo Island in Newfoundland, Canada. Both films explore our interconnection with other species, our impact upon their survival, and our relationship to our own extinction. Coates lives and works in London and will discuss the relationship of language and visuals in his practice.

Peter Liversidge writes proposals for exhibitions and projects that range from the simple to the impossible. All proposals start at the same way, as a typed A4 piece of paper. Liversidge says of his proposals that: “…it's important that some of the proposals are actually realised, but no more so that the others that remain only as typed text on a piece of A4 paper.” He experiments with the idea of what is possible, as an individual and within a group, often realised as objects, performances, happenings or simple interventions. He will discuss his practice in relation to image and text. Visit Peter's website.

Wednesday 7 March 2018, 4.30-6.30, LTB, LCC

Claire Potter & Jacqueline Saphra

Claire Potter is an artist and writer from Merseyside who works across publishing, performance, installation and film. Her practice challenges received definitions of reading, writing and speaking by drawing on performance and narrative theory to reconsider what it is to articulate meaning to audiences. Her works are received by audiences at the intersection of visual art, sonic art and experimental literature. Claire lectures in Fine Art at Liverpool John Moores University.

Claire will introduce Calico (2017/18), a live work developed at IKLECTIK, London, for 'Going Along Without a Body', a collaborative event between artists and musicians, addressing the idea of a soundtrack and improvisation. Calico was recently adapted as a solo performance for 'In the Reading Room Of Hell' and performed at A+A Gallery, Venice in February.

Jacqueline Saphra: ‘A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller’

Jacqueline is a poet, editor, agitator, teacher, organiser and word-enthusiast, increasingly interested in genre-bending. She is also an enthusiastic collaborator, working with composers, musicians and visual artists. She was a founder of The Shuffle, a regular live poetry night teaches poetry in all kinds of settings including at The Poetry School. At the heart of ‘A Bargain with the Light’ is a heroic crown of sonnets, each one a contemplation of an image either of or by Lee Miller, reflecting on the ways in which her art reflected her life. Jacqueline will perform the sequence of sonnets accompanied by projections of the images. Visit Jacqueline's website.

Wednesday 2 May 2018, 4.30-6.30, LTC, LCC

Emmanuelle Waeckerle & guest

Emmanuelle Waeckerle: ‘Ode (owed) to O’.

Using her voice, performance, video, the printed page and digital media, Emmanuelle Waeckerle investigates language and connecting issues of place and identity. She enjoys walking the line separating truth from fiction, virtuality from reality. She is Reader in Photography and Relational Practices at UCA Farnham where she runs the publishing platform bookRoom.

Her talk will be an exploration of the materiality and musicality of language and experimental reading practices, for more explore The Book Room website.

Supported by LCC Research Hub funding and UAL Teaching Fellowship.

Past events

Wed 28 Feb, 4.30-6.30, LCC
Artist talks: Marcus Coates & Peter Liversidge

Wed 31 Jan 2018, 3.00-6.30, LCC
Workshop Clunie Reid: Altering the meaning of images through subversion and detournment

Fri, 30 June, 2.00-6.00: Photography BA/MA, FH Bielefeld, Germany
Workshop Beverley Carruthers/Wiebke Leister: ‘Writing Photographs’

Wed, 14 June, 2.00-6.00, LCC Black Box
Workshop Ann Theatro: Writing the voice for radio-plays

Sat, 6 May, 2.00-4.00, 4.30-6.00, Tate Modern, London
Panel debate and workshops: Marcus Coates, Clunie Reid, Erica Scourti. Introduced by Beverley Carruthers and Wiebke Leister.
By combining the image with elements such as the voice, technology and performance as a means of writing within this expanded field, these artists’ work counter traditional notions of text and the photograph, adding to a contemporary understanding of photography as an interdisciplinary practice.

Wed 3 May 2017, 4.30-7.30, Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre Project Space
Exhibition: Beverley Carruthers, Victoria Louise Doyle, Ana Escobar, Sabrina Fuller, Alberto Gualtieri, Victoria Jouvert, Jessie McLaughlin, Wiebke Leister, Nassim Rad, Herman Rahman, Ernst Schlogelhofer, Tomoko Suwa-Krull, Jacqui Taylor, Brenda Vega, Agnès Villette, James Wilde

Fri 12 May, 6.00: Response by David Mollin

Sat 13 May, 4.00: Exhibition tour

Wed, 3 May, 2.00-4.00, LCC
Lecture: Joseph Kendra: ‘If You Had a Year to Change Something What Would You Do?’
Student presentations: Sabrina Fuller, Herman Rahman, Jacqui Taylor

Wed 1 Mar 2017, 2.00-6.00, LCC
Workshop David Mollin: Writing exhibitions

Wed 22 Feb 2017, 2.00-6.00, E&C Shopping Centre Project Space
Workshop Erica Scourti: Writing social media

Wed 8 Feb 2017, 4.00-6.00, LCC
Performance lecture: David Mollin and Salomé Voegelin: ‘Writer’s Habits’.
Student presentation: Victoria Jouvert

Wed 1 Feb 2017, 4.00-6.00, LCC
Lecture: Michael McMillan: ‘Words, Sounds, Images & Things’.
Student presentations: Marcia Michael, Victoria Louise Doyle

26 Oct 2016, 3.00-6.00, E&C Shopping Centre Project Space
Workshop ERCO lighting: Writing with light.

28 Sept 2016, 2.00-6.00, E&C Shopping Centre Project Space
Workshop Daniela Cascella: Descriptors, prompts and visual translations.

22 Jun 2016, 2.00-6.00, Siobhan Davies Dance Company
Workshop Daniela Cascella: Physical writing and other exercises.

15 Jun 2016, 4.30, LCC
Lecture: Kreidler/O’Leary: ‘Word, Image and Situated Practice’. 
Student presentations: Albert Gualtieri, David Dawson, Brenda Vega

8 Jun 2016, 4.30, LCC
Lecture: Hayley Newman: 'The Touch of an Eye'.
Student presentations: Marcia Michael, Patricia Sarmiento Lozano, Sabrina Fuller

1 Jun 2016, 4.30, LCC
Performance lecture: Adrian Rifkin: ‘Talking Writing into a Corner, or on research without ends’. 
Student presentations: Asa Johanesson, James Wilde, Jessie McLaughlin

Wed 11 Mar 2015, 4.30, LCC
Lecture: Yve Lomax: ‘Photographs, Writing’.

Wed 4 Mar 2015, 4.30, LCC
Lecture: Anne Tallentire: ‘Photography and Action’.