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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?

11:00
Introduction:

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

 

11:30-13.30
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

 

13:00-13:30
Panel Discussion
, chaired by Sunil Shah, artist and writer.

 

13:30-14:30
Break

 

14:30-16:00
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

 

16:00-16:30
Panel Discussion, chaired by Dr Ben Burbridge, Senior Lecturer in Art History, University of Sussex.

 

16:30-17:00
Break

 

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

 

18:00-19:00
Keynote Lecture

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

 

19:00-19:30
Panel Discussion
, chaired by Daniel C. Blight

 

19:30
Drinks Reception

Televox

This event will premier Televox: A musical composition built from messages sent between people living and working along the new Northern line extension: Battersea – Nine Elms – Kennington.

Experience this unique performance of the score written for a Duo-Art Pianola and hear from the artist on the making of the work. Join us at:

Battersea Power Station, The Village Hall, Circus West Village, SW8

Pedestrian entrance via Sopwith Way off Queenstown Road

Communications Department

Drawing inspiration from a range of communication methods from the telegram to musical telegraphy, artist Emma Smith proposes new ways in which neighbours and strangers might communicate. Join the artist, invited speakers and musicians in a series of workshops at Tate Exchange.

Saturday 28 January: Signals and Codes explores a historic and contemporary methods of telegraphy

Wednesday 1 February: Gesture and Sound investigates the relationship between movement, sound and meaning through performance and discussion

Thursday 9 February: In Messages in Music explore hidden messages in music and learn how to create musical cryptograms

Sunday 5 March: Hidden Messages and Ciphers is a day long research lab developing new coding systems

Communications Department forms part of Emma Smith’s new project Televox.