Symposium: A Social Body Event

LVMH Theatre, Central Saint Martins

20 May 2017 - 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

A Social Body Event

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This symposium-like event, beginning from John Latham's concept of the 'Body Event', was organised by Cally Spooner as part of her participation in the group exhibition 'Speak' at Serpentine Sackler Gallery.

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The event considered the body event as social, and explored the contemporary demands for this social body to be event-managed. Through a number of talks, readings, performances and film screenings, the event studied the social body as variously conceived in communities, teams in workplaces, corporations, through to general public - and ventured into moments that these 'bodies' might increasingly become upset, unruly, leaky, hacked or resistant.

Participants included: Dodie Bellamy, Earle Brown (performed by William Crosby, Andrew Morgan, Lucy Railon, Joe Zeitlin), Tania Bruguera / Hannah Arendt International Institute for Artivism (INSTAR), Evan Calder Williams, Tyler Coburn, Akwugo Emejulu in conversation with Victoria Lidchi, Anna Halprin, Jesper List Thomsen, Nina Power / The London Student Assembly, the Artist Placement Group (APG) and Yugoexport / Irena Haiduk.

This gathering was the third in a series of five, organised by Cally Spooner as part of her Stanley Picker Fellowship at Kingston University.


Related Events / Exhibitions


Speak: Tania Bruguera, Douglas Gordon, Laure Prouvost and Cally Spooner

2 Mar 2017 to 21 May 2017

Speak, at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, brought together four artists – Tania Bruguera, Douglas Gordon, Laure Prouvost, Cally Spooner – and coincided with the Serpentine Gallery’s survey of the late British conceptual artist John Latham

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Installation View

Installation View

Installation View, 'Speak' Serpentine Galleries, Photo by Tomas Rydin
Speak Installation View - Tania Bruguera

Speak Installation View - Tania Bruguera

Tania Bruguera, Transforma tus ideas en acciones cívica / Transform your ideas into civic actions, 2017. Speak, Installation view, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (1 March 2017 – 21 May 2017)