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 Tuesday afternoons.

Convenor: Pamela Corey

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Previous Events in this series

CANCELLED: 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 event has been CANCELLED.

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

CANCELLED: An Archeology of Phnom Penh’s Urban Form

Pen Sereypagna, Director of the Vann Molyvann Project

This event has been CANCELLED.

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

CANCELLED: Gestural Painting’s Power / The Power of Tang Chang

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

This event has been CANCELLED.

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

The Death of Landscape in Post-War Japanese Art and Visual Culture

Michio Hayashi

Three historically important incidents occurred almost simultaneously in the realm of contemporary art and visual culture around 1970 in Japan: these incidents have neither been analyzed as belonging to a larger epistemic shift nor studied together as forming a symptomatic triad to indicate the nature of that shift.

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

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

The Journey We Never Made: An Artist Talk with Naiza Khan

Naiza Khan

Naiza Khan will provide an overview of her practice and introduce her current body of work, which emerges from a long engagement with Manora Island and the urban landscape of Karachi and its relationship to the sea. 

24 October 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, 116 , 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Why Performance in Authoritarian Korea?

Joan Kee

Joint seminar organised by the SOAS East Asian Art Research Seminar, SOAS Contemporary Art Research Seminar, and the Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific, London. Supported by the Korean Cultural Centre and the SOAS Centre of Korean Studies.

5 December 2014, Brunei Gallery, B111, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

EDOSA OGUIGO: Colour and form in Nigerian contemporary art

Edosa Oguigo

EDOSA OGUIGO: Colour and form in Nigerian contemporary art
Nigerian artist EDOSA OGUIGO talks about his work and practice in Nigeria.
He featured in the recent Bonham sale on African art that took place on 21st May

4 June 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM