Friday, 23 November 2007

Conference in Portsmouth, July 2008


The School of Creative Arts, Film and Media at University of Portsmouth
have been awarded a large research grant from the Arts and Humanities
Research Council to write the history of British visual culture in the
1970s. This is headed up by Professor Sue Harper. Part of the project is to
run an interdisciplinary conference on the 1970s exploring the relation
between the society of the period and its culture in the broadest sense.
This conference will take place in Portsmouth on
1, 2 and 3 July 2008.

We are looking for papers on the following areas:

Avant-Garde practices
Media (radio/magazines/journalism)
Literature (novel/poetry)
Theatre/performing arts/dance
Sexual and gender politics
Race/class/national identity
Sub-cultural practices
History of theory

This list is not exhaustive so please forward abstracts for other areas
relating to 1970s culture that are not included.

Please send abstracts of 250 words to:
Peri Bradley –
and Professor Sue Harper –

The deadline for abstracts is 31 January 2008. Please ensure you include
your name, affiliation, email address and a brief biography at the top of
your abstract.
For more information, please visit our website:

Running on Empty

From Metropolis Magazine:
"With fuel prices reaching record highs and concern about the planet’s dwindling resources mounting daily, Mirko Zardini, director and curator of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), thought the time was ripe to revisit the moment when the reality of an energy crisis first crashed into the public consciousness. The exhibition 1973: Sorry, Out of Gas, on view at the CCA until next April, considers that decade’s oil crisis and the architecture community’s response, which included sig nificant experiments and research that Zardini fears are now being ignored. “Architectural thinking is very strange,” he says. “These people were heroes for a few years, and they have been forgotten. I feel that it is intellectually necessary to go back and pay homage to their contributions.” But if the show is in part a celebration of green pioneers like Michael Reynolds and Steve Baer, it is also a warning to contemporary architects enamored with solely technological-driven solutions, and a call for societal changes to combat looming ecological disaster."

More information here.

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Gordon Matta-Clark

Gordon Matta-Clark's artistic project was a radical investigation of architecture, deconstruction, space, and urban environments. Dating from 1971 to 1977, his most prolific and vital period, his film and video works include documents of major pieces in New York, Paris and Antwerp, and are focused on three areas: performances and recycling pieces; space and texture works; and his building cuts.

Interesting collection of films here.

Monday, 12 November 2007

McLuhan comments on the 1976 Ford/Carter televised presidential debates

That's one of the reasons why Reagan beat Carter in 1980 - he understood TV. Joshua Meyrowitz analysed this intelligently in his 1986 book No Sense of Place.

Marshall McLuhan on YouTube