Dr. Marquard Smith: Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: What Is to Be Done?

Time: 29th November, 4:00 pm
Place: 102 aud. (Malūnų str. 3, Vilnius, VAA building C1)

On crisis; artistic research/visual culture/historical and critical studies in the art school; areas of inquiry/fields of study and naming; on collaboration; knowledge production and platforms of dissemination/distribution; and the need to shift from finding common ground to making common ground.

Marq is an academic, curator, editor, and commissioner, with twenty years experience working mostly in an art school context, and collaborating with cultural organisations such as Arts Catalyst, ICA, Live Art Development Agency, MK Gallery, Tate, and Whitechapel on exhibitions, publications, and public programming. He is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Visual Culture, Founder and Director of the International Association for Visual Culture, and a Director/Board member of the Live Art Development Agency.

As an academic manager, his roles have included Head of the School of Art and Design History, Kingston University, Research Leader and Head of Doctoral Studies in the School of Humanities at Royal College of Art, and Founding Director of the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture at University of Westminster. Currently he teaches at the UCL MA Museums & Galleries in Education programme. By way of his teaching, he's interested in exploring issues of history, memory, and archives. He's also keep to engage with the idea of research-as-praxis in which making, curating, and exhibitions as practice-led activities are generative of new ways of thinking, seeing, and knowing.

There are two often interwoven strands to Marq's research, publishing, and curating activities (1) arts education, artistic research, practice-based research, and archives, and (2) the future of the human in the visual, material, and immaterial culture of capitalist modernity. He is author of The Erotic Doll: A Modern Fetish (Yale UP), and editor and co-editor of over twenty books, catalogues, and themed issues of journals on topics ranging across the Arts and Humanities, including What is Research in the Visual Arts? (Yale UP), Visual Culture Studies (Sage), The Prosthetic Impulse (The MIT Press), and Stelarc: The Monograph (The MIT Press). Marq has curated exhibitions such as ‘How We Became Metadata'’(2010), ‘The Global Archive' (2012), and ‘How to Construct a Time Machine’(2015) at MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, and his forthcoming curatorial projects include 'Radical Pedagogies' at Gallery Y in Minsk (2017) and 'Solitary Pleasures' at the Freud Museum, London (2018).