Symposium | Debate | Book Launch
Morgue
Ania Dabrowska, Mortuary, Cambridge. 2011

Philippe Calia
Philippe Calia

Dr Lucy Lyons
Dr Lucy Lyons

Gemme Flores=-Pons
Gemma Flores-Pons

Lizz Tuckerman
Lizz Tuckerman

Cindy Sherman
Cindy Sherman

Representing the Contentious:
A Symposium.

Speakers: Dr Bronwyn Parry, Ania Dabrowska, Philippe Calia, Dr Lucy Lyons,
Gemma Flores Pons, Lizz Tuckerman, Dr Georgina Colby
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14 October 2011


Shoreditch Town Hall,

Representing the Contentious was a one-day interdisciplinary symposium that examined the complexities of creating and representing work (whether academic or artistic) that, due to its ethical, political, or cultural sensitivity, its subject matter or research methodologies, has the capacity to cause or provoke controversy, offence or condemnation.

The symposium examined how the production of such work is negotiated not only through the personal relationships of those involved but also through formal institutions such as Ethical Review Committees. The symposium also considered why academic and artistic projects are subject to different degrees of ethical oversight and how the final outputs of such projects are shaped by their prospective consumption in the public domain.

Speakers: Dr Bronwyn Parry and Ania Dabrowska (Mind Over Matter - The Journey), French photographer Philippe Calia ('Light Minutes' - photography in rituals and religious places), Dr Lucy Lyons, Københavns Universitet, Denmark ('Drawing Hidden Truths' - representation of rare diseases through drawings), Gemma Flores Pons, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Producing knowledge, configuring social agents - construction of brain death as a technoscientific fact), artist Lizz Tuckerman (Nearly but not Quite - miscarriage in drawing), and Dr Georgina Colby, Royal Holloway, University of London ('Radical Interiors: Cindy Sherman's 'Sex series' and Kathy Acker's My Mother: Demonology' - the artist's and writer's work as a response to the culture wars and censorship in America in the late 1980s/early 1990s).

Participating organisations: Wellcome Trust, Queen Mary University, London, CFAS, CC75C studies, The University of Cambridge.

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Biographies:

Philippe Calia is a French photographer. His work has been exhibited in art galleries in India, France and UK. His educational background in Political Science led him to study extensively the dynamics between religion and public space, specifically in the Indian context. Subsequently he enrolled in the MA in Photographic Studies course at University of Westminster, London, from which he graduated in 2010.

Lucy Lyons BA (Hons), MA, PhD, MMAA, RMIP is London based artist and academic. A tutor in fine art painting and drawing research for eight years at City & Guilds of London Art School. Engaged in artistic research since 2004 during which time she has investigated how the role of drawing as a phenomenological activity that evidences experience, can lead to greater insight and communicate knowledge. Her case studies have been situated in the medical sciences and predominantly involved research at the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, and Medical Museion at University of Copenhagen. Her PhD, Delineating Disease: a system for investigating Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva demonstrated drawing research as a valid method to present the specificity of each unique encounter with FOP. Since 2009 she have been a Postdoctoral Fellow at Medical Museion, in the Center for Healthy Aging, in the Faculty if Health Sciences at the University of Copenhagen, examining use of drawing to communicate experiences of medical healthcare, focusing on aspects of ageing. Founder of the Sensuous Object Network.

Gemma Flores-Pons is a PhD student in Social Psychology (Departament de Psicologia Social, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and member of GESCIT (Research Group on Science and Technology Social Studies). Her main interests lie in investigating the way technoscientific practices are configuring nowadays society. Her present research deals with technoscientific regulation of death and is focused on the way brain death is being performed as a technoscientific fact. During the last 5 years she has participated on qualitative research projects that have explored the organ and tissues donation itinerary in a catalan public hospital; the social imaginary of catalan population around organ and tissues donation; the access to information and communication technologies on public spaces.

Lizz Tuckerman is a freelance multimedia fine artist based in Sheffield. The work that she will discuss is influenced by her career in biomedical science. Originally a cytogeneticist concerned with human developmental abnormalities, for the last 15 years her scientific research has focussed on the beginning of human life and the role of the endometrium or lining of the womb in its acceptance and nurturing of the implanting embryo.

Georgina Colby is a visiting lecturer in English at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has also lectured on photography at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. She has had a number of publications published on contemporary literature and art in journals such as Textual Practice and n.paradoxa: International Feminist Art Journal and has interdisciplinary work on Kathy Acker and Robert Mapplethorpe forthcoming in Comparative Critical Studies. She is the author of Bret Easton Ellis: Underwriting the Contemporary (New York: Palgrave, 2011) and is currently writing a monograph on the work of Kathy Acker.