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Speculative Strategies in Interdisciplinary Arts Practice

Date uploaded: November 3, 2014

A seminar to launch the new book 'Speculative Strategies in Interdisciplinary Arts Practice', edited by Jane Calow, Daniel Hinchcliffe and Laura Mansfield will take place on Thursday the 27th of November 2014 from 2.30pm to 5.30pm at Birmingham School of Art, Margaret St, Birmingham.

The afternoon seminar offers an opportunity to tease out and explore the themes of this new publication. The book is unusual in its mission to scrutinise the methods, motives, practices and terms associated with interdisciplinary arts today. Speculative Strategies in Interdisciplinary Arts Practice, intervenes at a critical moment for those who work across disciplines, art forms and theoretical perspectives. Amid global economic turmoil, many contributors are unflinching in their political standpoint on the current state of the arts in contemporary western society, and the political potential of interdisciplinarity as a tool with which to question dominant power structures and their conventionally received categorisations of knowledge.

The book brings together specially written chapters by contributors from a range of disciplines including visual arts, performance, dance, architecture, communication design and sociology. Many of the authors’ analyses employ vivid accounts of arts projects accompanied by full colour images.

Edited by Jane Calow, Daniel Hinchcliffe and Laura Mansfield, this 156 page volume with 46 full colour images is published by Underwing Press.

Speakers will include:

  • Prof Mike Pearson (Performance Studies, Aberystwyth University)
  • Prof Victor Jeleniewski Seidler (Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London)
  • Dr Jane Calow (Artist and Writer)
  • Chair: Dr Daniel Hinchcliffe (Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham City University)

For more information about the book and its authors click here.

The book may be of particular interest to artists, designers, academics, students, curators and producers.