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RESPONSE : A performance by David Hoyle

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Avant–garde cabaret artist David Hoyle presents RESPONSE a new performance in response to Putti’s Pudding and Rainbow Aphorisms. In this new work, Hoyle will create a beyond–verbal space which explores the terrain of illness through healing, sound and ritual.

Hoyle’s varied practice explicitly sits at the boundaries of performance art, post–drag cabaret, and political agitprop and is often focused on themes within the LGBTQ+ community, attacking what he sees as dominant trends in “bourgeois Britain and the materialistic–hedonistic gay scene”. He often combines disparate elements, from satirical comedy to painting and surrealism, exploring the curative nature of collective responsibility, through the celebration of different identities.

Hoyle is a live artist, who performs a cutting, outrageous, larger than life version of himself. He came to prominence in the 1990s as the Divine Davidoff, a kind of anti–drag queen whose lacerating social commentary was offset by breathtaking instances of self–recrimination. Following a couple of outré late–night Channel 4 shows and a cameo in Velvet Goldmine, Hoyle killed the character Divine Davidoff during a spectacular show at the Streatham Ice Arena in 2000. He returned to TV screens in 2005 in Chris Morris’ Nathan Barley and began performing live again under his own name, retaining his trademark biting satire, bravura costumes, wicked comic timing and compelling charisma.

For this special, one–off performance, Hoyle will respond to the themes raised in Cookie Mueller & Vittorio Scarpati, Putti’s Pudding and David McDiarmid, Rainbow Aphorisms.

What Should White Culture Do?

Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Royal College of Art, Battersea SW11 4AN
11:00 – 19:30 | £5/ £4 concessions
Please note: you are welcome to attend part or all of the talks throughout the day.

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Organised by Daniel C. Blight, with support from Art on the Underground and the Royal College of Art, What Should White Culture Do? brings together a number of artists, writers and scholars to discuss the workings of race and white privilege. This day long symposium will explore its theme in relation to a variety of subject areas, including contemporary art, politics, sociology and philosophy, and takes its title from the 1998 essay by Linda Martín Alcoff, What Should White People Do?


Kiera Blakey, Curator, Art on the Underground

Daniel C. Blight, Visiting Tutor, Critical & Historical Studies, Royal College of Art; Lecturer in Photography, University of Brighton; Co-editor, Loose Associations, The Photographers’ Gallery


Panel 1: Contemporary Art, Popular Culture, Race

Sutapa Biswas, artist and Reader, School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Dr Anthony Faramelli, mental health recovery worker, Single Homeless Project, London; visiting lecturer in Film & Screen Studies, University of Brighton.

Jade Montserrat, artist


Panel Discussion
, chaired by Sunil Shah, artist and writer.




Panel 2: Contemporary Art, Migration Studies, Race

Dr Nando Sigona, Senior Birmingham Fellow, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of IRiS, Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, University of Birmingham

Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Artists and Professors of Photography, Hochschule für bildende Künste (HFBK), Hamburg, Germany

Dr Yasmin Gunaratnam, Reader in Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London


Panel Discussion, chaired by Dr Ben Burbridge, Senior Lecturer in Art History, University of Sussex.




17:00 – 19:00
Panel 3: Critical Whiteness Studies and White Subject Formation

Dr Richard Seymour, writer and broadcaster

Dr Shirley Anne Tate, Professor of Race and Education, Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University


Keynote Lecture

Dr George Yancy, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Emory University


Panel Discussion
, chaired by Daniel C. Blight


Drinks Reception