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Art and Terror

Art and terror are both deeply contentious terms which have often been brought into uncomfortable proximity. Both terms have two fundamental qualities in common: they are extremely difficult to define, and they carry with them—inseparably, it seems—a value judgement. In the past, art has openly glorified the violence of monarchs, churches and states; and it has of course been subject to terror as iconoclasts have sought to expunge the practices and even the memory of a faith or a culture. In this series of lectures, art historians, photographers and some of the foremost experts in photojournalism will explore the modern and contemporary nexus of art and terror. Among the questions they will examine are how images serve and magnify terror, the role of gender, the transformations brought about by social media, the issue of distance (aesthetic and otherwise) and how past conflicts speak to the present.

  • Tue 31 Jan, 2017 Art and Terror

    Why Babies?

    Why Babies?

    This lecture considers the place of children in cultures of terror. It returns to the scandal of baby killing in the American war in Vietnam, as represented in the work of Martha Rosler, Carolee Schneemann,…

  • Tue 14 Feb, 2017 Art and Terror

    Terror and Twitter

    Terror and Twitter

    On May 1st, 2003 president Bush addressed his controversial ‘Mission Accomplished’ speech on the flight carrier USS Lincoln, 20 miles out of the coast of San Diego. In this speech, broadcasted worldwide, the war on…

  • Tue 28 Feb, 2017 Art and Terror

    Follow the Americans: Photography and US Foreign Policy

    Follow the Americans: Photography a...

    This lecture will consider some of the challenges faced by contemporary photojournalism in the documentation of twenty-first-century warfare. More particularly, it will examine representations of American military power in a “postphotographic” age, an image saturated…

  • Tue 14 Mar, 2017 Art and Terror

    Remembering Terror

    Remembering Terror

    By looking at the way in which the 9/11 attacks are remembered photographically, this lecture will examine how the ‘iconic’ image fares in an age of intensive media saturation. Can exceptional images encapsulate exceptional events,…

  • Tue 21 Mar, 2017 Art and Terror

    Art, Terror and Distance

    Art, Terror and Distance

    This lecture will examine the ways in which contemporary artists have addressed the changing relationship between distance and conflict. For at least two and a half decades, images of conflict have been theorised in the…

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