Friday 13 February 2015, 10.30AM to 7.00pm
Visual art, film, and literature since 1960 has been marked by leftovers, repetitions, and time lags, despite emerging in a climate of accelerated technological development and the erasure of leisure time. From artworks that incorporate the trash and detritus of consumerist excess to novels and films that indulge in narrative 'time-wasting', the cultural production of the last fifty years has revelled in the wasteful and excessive. This event asks: what are the aesthetics of excess?, what are its material, temporal and figurative manifestations?, is artistic time-wasting a radical form of resistance to the capitalist imperative to be productive?, or do art's glorious expenditures reinforce aesthetci hierarchies that privilege 'difficulty'?
10.30-10.35: Introduction: Amy Tobin and Stephanie Lambert
14.45-16.15: Karl Schoonover (Warwick): Seminar: 'Waste and its Aesthetic Management'
16.15-16.30: Coffee break
18.00-19.00: Wine reception
19.30: Conference dinner at Akbar’s (6-8 George Hudson Street, YO1 6LP)
In preparation for this workshop, there will be a screening of Antonioni's Red Desert at 5.30pm on Wednesday 11 Feburary, in the Bowland Auditorium.
Location: Seminar Room BS/008, Berrick Saul Building, Heslington West Campus