Dr Bill Balaskas' Inaugural Lecture
Associate Professor in Visual Communication
In his inaugural lecture-performance, Dr Bill Balaskas will explore the ideological agency of contemporary art by reflecting on the notion of “blindness”. Drawing from his own artistic practice, experience and background, Balaskas will locate contemporary culture in the context of Data Capitalism and the neoliberal market.
- From: Thursday 21 June 2018, 5 pm
- To: Thursday 21 June 2018, 7 pm
- Location: Bonington Lecture Theatre, Bonington building, Dryden Street, Nottingham, NG1 4GG
- Booking deadline: Thursday 21 June 2018, 10.00 am
Blurring the boundaries between personal narration, scientific documentation and poetic allegory, Balaskas will bring together a variety of sources and media, including extracts from his video works, graphs exemplifying economic theories, a literary analysis of José Saramago’s novel “Blindness”, personal exhibition anecdotes, a cover version of the song Blindness by U2, and extracts of works by Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari and Guy Debord. Through the amalgamation of such sources, Balaskas will highlight one of the most prominent preoccupations in his artistic and academic practice: the invisibility of the structures of power.
For Balaskas, the totalitarian enactment of the image that we are experiencing in our everyday lives should be understood as the last, “blinding” refuge of a socioeconomic model that is struggling to survive. In this context, “blindness” is not only a condition that emanates from a particular economic system, but also a profound cultural choice that aims to deliver us from the need to face certain aspects of reality. This “voluntary” lack of vision affects not only the way in which we evaluate aesthetics and culture, but also our very understanding of the societies within which art is called to perform its role. In response to this condition, Balaskas will put forward a process of subversion, through which “blindness” is “reclaimed” in order to help us identify the function of images in today’s post-truth world. This questioning of the nature of contemporary visuality is necessary if we wish to nurture new forms of artistic expression and cultural praxis.
To read more about Dr Balaskas' research please visit his staff profile page on the NTU website.
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For all enquiries about this event, please email Lauren Lilley, School of Art & Design or call +44 (0)115 848 82793
|5 pm||Registration and welcome refreshments|
|5.30 pm||Inaugural lecture|
|6.30 pm||Drinks reception|
|7 pm||Event close|
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