The University of Wolverhampton

Dr Mark Léger

Writer, theorist and independent scholar

Tuesday 5 November 2013, 6.00pm
MK045, MK Building,
City Campus North 

Avant-Garde and Fantasy

In recent years, theorists of engaged art have proposed either an art critical set of concerns - relational aesthetics, dialogical aesthetics, participatory art - or, alternately, a pragmatic programme for politicized cultural practice - tactical media, transversal practice, communicative action and extradisciplinary practice. This lecture will present some of the background research for my concept of sinthomeopathic practice and will also examine the outcome of this research in terms of a conjunctural complex that is conditioned by drive and fantasy formation.

About our speaker

Marc James Léger is a graduate of the doctoral program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. He has taught art history and visual culture at Lakehead University, the University of Lethbridge and the Universite de Montreal. He has published critical essays on contemporary art and politics in such places as Afterimage, Art Journal, C Magazine, Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Creative Industries Journal, Etc, FUSE, Inter, Journal of Canadian Studies, Left Curve, Parachute, Public, RACAR, and Third Text.

Since working as an independent scholar, he has edited Bruce Barber's two-volume anthology Performance, [Performance] and Performers (2007) and Barber's more recent book of essays and interviews Littoral Art and Communicative Action (2013). His is editor of Culture and Contestation in the New Century (2011) and the forthcoming The Idea of the Avant Garde - And What It Means Today and author of Brave New Avant Garde (2012) and The Neoliberal Undead (2013), the latter two published by Zero Books. He is presently at work on a book of essays on film titled Drive In Cinema: Essays on Film, Theory and Politics.

This lecture has been arranged in conjunction with the  Art, Critique and Social Practice Research Cluster (ACSP).

 If you would like to reserve a place for this lecture please book via the CADRE Lecture website page or using the email link cadre@wlv.ac.uk