SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Contemporary Arts Research Seminar

This seminar considers contemporary and modernist art traditions within local, regional and globalised circuits of production, distribution and consumption. Researchers and artists are invited to present at the seminar which is held a number of times in the academic year on Monday afternoons.

Convenor: Charles Gore

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Forthcoming Events

Cumbrian Cosmopolitanisms, Entangled Histories and De-Imperializing Britain

Hammad Nassar, Senior Research Fellow, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art | Senior Research Fellow (Black Artists and Modernism) at University of the Arts London (UAL)

This presentation shares selected research trajectories explored in the forthcoming exhibition, Speech Acts: Reflection-Imagination-Repetition, at Manchester Art Gallery (May 2018).

6 February 2018, Brunei Gallery, B211, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Gestural Painting’s Power / The Power of Tang Chang

Chanon (Kenji) Praepipatmongkol, PhD Candidate, University of Michigan

Focusing on works by Tang Chang, this paper addresses the artist’s radical materialist commitments in relation to changing conceptions of power in Thai art of the 1960s and 1970s.

27 February 2018, Brunei Gallery, B211, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

An Archeology of Phnom Penh’s Urban Form

Pen Sereypagna, Director of the Vann Molyvann Project

This presentation explores Phnom Penh’s urban form through archaeological approach from 14th century until today of urban transformation with a particular focus on the role of different layers in shaping the city.

7 March 2018, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4426, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Air Art, Expanded Cinema and Intermedia in 1960s Japan

Julian Ross, Research Fellow, Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM), University of Westminster

This presentation will explore how the interaction between air art and expanded cinema materialised Japan’s understanding of intermedia arts (intāmedia).

13 March 2018, Brunei Gallery, B211, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM