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Medea Talks: Is There Any Point To Political Art in the 21st Century?
March 7 @ 16:15 – 18:00
Medea Talks on March 7 with writer and performer Harry Giles. Title: “Is There Any Point To Political Art in the 21st Century?” (Or, “Protest art is art that’s so specific that you cannot mistake it for bullshit!”)
The demand to be “radical” or “political” weighs heavily on artists. Barely a gallery text or a performance blurb goes by without some oppressive idea or institution supposedly being critiqued, resisted or subverted. But how deep does art’s claim to be radical go? Do artists recognize the art world’s complicity in state and capital? What limits or expands the political potential for art? And what might political art look like in the 21st century?
Per Linde, senior lecturer in interaction design, moderates the talk.
Place: Kølsvinet, Bassängkajen 8 (about 50 meters from Niagara, Malmö University)
Harry Josephine Giles is a writer and performer from Orkney, based in Edinburgh. Their work is about what it feels like to live under capitalism, and how to survive and resist in a violent world. They make participatory performances, working as a solo performer and as a director/facilitator to create one-to-ones, installations, street sideshows, interventions and longer interactive shows in theatre spaces. Their latest publication is Tonguit from Freight Books, shortlisted for the 2014 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and the 2016 Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Their participatory theatre has toured festivals across Europe, including Forest Fringe (UK), NTI (Latvia) and CrisisArt (Italy); and their performance What We Owe was picked by the Guardian’s best-of-the-Fringe 2013 roundup – in the “But Is It Art?” category. Learn more about Giles.
Video: Harry Giles performs I want to blow up the Palace of Holyroodhouse.