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BOOM! Growth, Form and Sustainable Bodies 1946–67, 4-5 April 2014

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This conference is organised to coincide with the Richard Hamilton retrospective currently at the Tate Modern, which includes the first ever reconstruction of his exhibit Growth and Form (ICA, 1951). Growth and Form negotiated a problematic that in the two decades after the end of WWII preoccupied different strands of artistic and architectural research across Europe. Namely, the effects of booming expansion – economic, demographic, urban, technological, material, visual –  on the embodied subject within the context of a spreading capitalist pan-humanism championed abroad by the US. Some of the key historical coordinates that this conferences sets out to engage with in relation to cultural production include: the so-call consumer-led miracle in Europe, the international context of Edward Steichen’s The Family of Man (1955), the baby boom, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the first tests of the H-bomb, postwar developments in cybernetics and artificial intelligence, futurology and technological dystopia.

Ghostly Presences: On Real Art and Fake Manifestations, 26 March 2014

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Curious Matters

Wednesday, 26th March, 6-8pm, Department of History of Art, Gordon Square no. 20, WC1E 6BT, room 3&4 http://curiousmatters.net/programme/ Artist Liz Rideal (Reader at Slade School of Art) will discuss her recent film and photographic work whilst drawing on examples of nineteenth century photographic manipulations.

On Forgetting, 21 March 2014

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Past Imperfect Seminar: On Forgetting

Pop Art and Beyond, 20 March 2014

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Pop Art and Beyond: A platform for scholars working on Pop Art, its themes and its legacies.

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