Selected as the 38th Bampton Lectures in America Series speaker, artist and Visual Arts faculty Liam Gillick presents a series of four lectures examining a particular genealogy of the modern period that offers a revised understanding of the origins of contemporary art and its analysis. The series is co-presented by the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life and the School of the Arts.
1820 Erasmus and Upheaval: Tuesday, February 26
The first lecture addresses the immediate aftermath of the French and American revolutions, which led to new models of work, life and social organization.
1948 Skinner and Counter Revolution: Thursday, February 28
The second lecture examines conspiracy, behavioralism, post-war restructuring and the delusions around applied modernism, revealing the various counter measures, both intentional and structural, that shaped the post-war sense of self.
1963 Herman Kahn and Projection: Tuesday, March 5
For the third lecture, 1963 is the pivot for a consideration of projection, both social and political. The rise of insurgency and the consolidation of the scenario as a tool of political and financial control is combined with new models of the presented self within developing subcultures.
1974 Volvo and the Mise-en-Scène: Thursday, March 7
The final lecture, rooted in 1974, explores the mise-en-scène as a model for social and cultural organization. Continued shifts in technology and the rise of Neo-Liberalism are countered by new identifications and subjectivities.
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