CFP & Artworks: QUEER(ED) ART

Queer(ed) Art: Artistic Practices of Sexual Difference and Radical Possibilities

Sponsored session by the Space, Sexualities & Queer Research Group (SSQRG)
2015 Annual International Conference, Royal Geographical Society (RGS) with Institute of British Geographers (IBG)
2-­4 September, 2015
Exeter, UK

Convened by: Martin Zebracki (University of Leeds, United Kingdom) & Andrew Gorman-Murray (University of Western Sydney, Australia)

Deadline: 12 February 2015

Proposals are invited for conference papers, academic op-ed pieces and artistic interventions – photography, film, music/song, dance, poetry, multi-media installation or virtual exhibits – which may enable cross-disciplinary, cross-place and multi-sensorial renditions of the theme in “more-than-human assemblages” –  from scholars across disciplines, stages of career and research phases:

Queer studies to date have under-elaborated how social difference across sexual disposition, sexual lifestyle and sexual interaction critically intersect with various spaces of artistic practice and expression. We see ‘queer’ as a critical post-structuralist stance towards sexuality. Queer can also be considered a social identity of the ‘sexual dissident’, someone or something that is a-typical, a-normal or ‘different’. Here, queer can either be a category assigned by normative social practice or rather a heterodox denotation embodied as the critical antipode of such normative practice.

Mundane encounters with queer, or sexual diversity in general, can be artistically expressed and negotiated through visual arts, performance, language, fashion, film, music, dance, literature, poetry, etc. by any humans (not only by those commonly considered artists) in contexts stretching over and interlinking various spaces, e.g., the home, the gallery, the museum, public space, the city/urban development, the governmental sphere and/or online communities. We are interested in how such socio-spatial artistic practices, expressions, mobilities and negotiations are (un)critically queering social identity and how art in and of itself can be queered according to sexual normativities.

Sexual (contra)normativities are played out in social regimes over space and time and in so doing in interface with social identity markers of gender, ethnicity, class, age, health, (dis)ability, religion, nationality, etc. Particularly along these time-spaces of intersectionalities, we wonder how artistic practices may articulate kaleidoscopic pin-points to radically challenge queered sexual citizenships. How may such layered understanding of queer(ed) art critically redress – and potentially put in a caveat against – sexual normativities and as such offer an intellectual platform for radical social change towards a more sexually inclusive society here and there?

This session looks for papers or academic op-eds that meet the above research niche and thus provide theoretical, methodological and/or empirical gravity to envisage radical social change through the window of queer(ed) art. We invite scholars across disciplines, stages of career and research phases to engage with this subject, departing from specific pertinent social and cultural theories that speak to the scope of this Call.

Further information and submission info here.
Conference website here.

New Year, old resolutions

Welcome to 2015 and my first post for the year, hope the year is a good one for you and yours…

I won’t ask you to listen to a recitation of my New Year’s resolutions (which, for anyone that’s heard them before, would likely be the same as those of recent years). I have, however, managed to spend some time over the last couple of weeks clearing out old emails and journal alerts. It’s progress of a sort!

For your browsing pleasure (?), here’s the collection of (mainly) 2014 publications that emerged from that process – in no particular order, the ones I thought I should have read, should read sometime soon, or should otherwise put aside for future reference (i.e. these are the one’s I didn’t see last year, it’s neither a comprehensive list of 2014 publications, nor a critical favourites or “must read” list – and if you think I’m looking for public art in all the wrong places, I hope you’ll feel free to share your own suggestions!) :


Journal Special Issues

Journal articles

Public Art, Public Sculpture

Contemporary Art

Public Space

Urban Space, Urban Design, Regeneration & Renewal

Public Sphere

Memory, Commemoration

SPATIAL Practices….

Policy, Discourse, Method…

Public art and accountability: published papers

Martin Zebracki and Joni Palmer have forwarded notice of the latest issue of Art & the Public Sphere (Volume 2, Issues 1-3, 2014). This interdisciplinary special issue on “Public art and accountability: Whose art for whose city?” is co-edited by Zebracki and Palmer and is aimed at “those working at the crossroads of art, space, identity and social impact and inclusion”.


Art and Site: Inhabiting public space in the era of the image

A seminar with Associate Professor Suzanne Paquet, Department of History of Art and Film Studies, University of Montreal, Canada.

Wednesday 1 October 2014, 4.00 – 6.00 pm
BH2-16 Lecture Theatre  [NB Change of venue from  H5-26 (Council Room), Hawke Building,]  University of South Australia, City West campus (map).
Registration is essential. Please register here.
Further information: Ruth Fazakerley

Suzanne Paquet teaches classes oriented towards the sociology of art, photography, and art in the public domain. For several years she has conducted research on the circulation of images and the function of certain types of art – environmental art, public art and photography in particular – in the production of contemporary space. In her research, great importance is given to the reciprocity between urban public space and cyberspace. Since 2012, she has been occupied with the research project, “Art and site: inhabiting public space in the era of the image“, undertaken in collaboration with geographer Guy Mercier (Laval University, Quebec).

Join Suzanne Paquet for a discussion of the Art and Site project. Art and Site examines, on the one hand, the occupation of public urban space and cyberspace by artists creating site specific and ephemeral – often furtive – artworks, and, on the other hand, the formation of communities of taste around amateur photographic activities in the web, all practices linked to the proliferation and circulation of digital images. Their reciprocal analysis raises two important questions: the first concerns the nature of the art that is made today, and the second has to do with the possibility of common worlds in an enlarged public domain, where the infinite mobility of images allows for the seizure of the motifs (motives and forms) of the production of space. These practices or “arts of doing” (de Certeau) certainly affect the shaping and the usage of public spaces: material and situated, as well as virtual and circulatory spaces. In addition, the definition of the work of art, supposedly constituted by institutional gestures or interpretations historically positioned and originating from “art worlds”, could be considered as mutating because of these singular practices. The question of space is an essential one, as this possible broadening of the traditional conception of art springs from the diversification of public space while participating in its transformation.