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Where Theory Belongs: Camiel van Winkel

4 Feb 2015

Where Theory Belongs is a series of ten lectures programmed and chaired by Dr. Stephen Wilson as part of CCW’s General Theory Forum, which places the excitement of theory back into the hands of the speaker and the audience. In an increasingly resistant culture of auto‐regulated art-speak, art theory is in a constant need for reflective governance. This series will offer a platform that brings together: art theorists, anthropologists, sociologists, humanists, queer theorists, artists and political economists… theory will be addressed by those voices that write and speak it thereby suggesting Where Theory Belongs.

In this session, Camiel van Winkel will be in conversation with Dan Smith on topics relating to his recent book, The Myth of Artisthood, published by the Mondriaan Fund in 2013.

Camiel van Winkel writes on contemporary art and occasionally curates exhibitions. Based in Amsterdam, he teaches art theory and art philosophy at LUCA School of Arts / Sint-Lukas Brussels.

He is advisor at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam.  From 2000 to 2004 he was editor of the Flemish-Dutch art periodical De Witte Raaf. In 2000 he was awarded the Jan Bart Klaster Prize for art criticism for his book 'The Modern Void. On Art and the Public Condition'. Other books include The Regime of Visibility (2005) and During the Exhibition the Gallery Will Be Closed. Contemporary Art and the Paradoxes of Conceptualism (2012).

Dr Dan Smith is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Theory at Chelsea College of Art and Design. His book Traces of Modernity is an archaeology of the shadow of the Great Exhibition of 1851. He has written extensively on contemporary art in publications such as Art Monthly, as well as engaging with theoretical approaches to notions of archive, material culture, science fiction and utopia. He is currently writing Agamben Reframed, to be published by I.B. Tauris, and A World of Uncertain Seasons: Contemporary Art and Utopian Impulse, to be published by Peter Lang.

In partnership with Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon (CCW) Graduate School, University of the Arts London

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