CADRE lecture series 2014/5

The Centre for Art and Design Research and Experimentation (CADRE) at the University of Wolverhampton are pleased to announce the dates for our 2014/5 lecture series.

The lectures are run by the research groups within CADRE and are free and open to everyone to attend.

For further information, please contact 01902 322213 or

Previous lectures:

‌‌Jeff Zimmer: Ambiguity, Art and Peripheral Vision 

Tuesday 14 April, 6pm, MK045, City Campus

Jeff Zimmer creates three dimensional illuminated paintings that explore notions of ambiguity, doubt and empathy and provoke a sensual experience of light.

He studied drama before turning to glass and completing a Masters in Glass and Architectural Glass at Edinburgh College of Art. He won Second Prize at the 2014 Coburg Prize and was the 2014 Stephen Procter Fellow at the Australian National University. He has led classes at Bild-Werk Frauenau, North Lands Creative Glass, The National Sculpture Centre in Cork, and Pilchuck as well as at the Edinburgh College of Art.

His work is in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, the European Museum for Modern Glass, The Glasmuseet Ebeltoft and the Glasmuseum Frauenau.

Originally from the US, Jeff Zimmer lives and works in Edinburgh.             ‌   

‌‌Professor Kerstin Mey: Picturing Reality – What are Images for?

Tuesday 12 May 2015, 6pm, MK045, City Campus

Our contemporary life is marked by a glut of images: still, moving, multi-media, flat or three-dimensional. Enabled by digitisation and ubiquitous media, images circulate effortlessly across geo-political, social and cultural, historical and generational boundaries. There does not seem to be any human experience left that has not already been pictured and mediated. Images shape how we perceive and govern ourselves, relate to others and understand the world around us. Taking as example the recent digital video collages of The Liminal Space Trilogy by the Russian art group AES+F, the presentation explores the function and status of visual art works within contemporary society? It asks how images affect our subjectivisation? What is their potential to project and ‘negotiate’ current cultural value propositions and alternatives social visions

‌Laura Mulvey: Gleaning, 'detournement' and the compilation film: some thoughts on Un'ora sola ti vorrei (Alina Marrazi 2002)

Tuesday 17 February, 6pm, MK045, City Campus

Laura Mulvey has been writing about film and film theory since the mid-1970s.  She has published Visual and Other Pleasures (1989, new updated edition 2009), Fetishism and Curiosity (1996 new edition 2013), Citizen Kane (1996 new edition 2012), Death Twenty-four Times a Second: Stillness and the Moving Image (2006).  In the late 1970s and early 1980s, she co-directed six films with Peter Wollen including Riddles of the Sphinx (1978; dvd release 2013) and Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti (1980).  In 1994, she co-directed with artist/filmmaker Mark Lewis Disgraced Monuments (Channel 4) with whom she has also made 23 August 2008 (2013).  She is Professor of Film and Media Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image.

‌Keith Harrison: Tombstone (lets get over this)

Monday 16 February, 6pm, MK045, City Campus

Keith Harrison's talk coincides with the Acts of Making Festival, a partnership exhibition between the Crafts Council and Bilston Craft Gallery (February 14-28), which features his work Tombstone (let’s get over this): a series of benches in Bilston town centre designed to be sculpted by skateboarders and scooter riders. Acts of Making is a two-week festival celebrating contemporary craft through performances, live installations and workshops. The works on display all use craft skills in unexpected ways to create unique moments that are curious and fascinating. This talk is a wonderful opportunity to discover more about Keith Harrison’s practice using process-based live public experiments. 

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More details on the Acts of Making, visit:

Andrew Burton: Monuments to Shit - Making Bithooras, Bricks and other scultpures

‌Tuesday 16 December, 6pm, MK045, City Campus

Andrew Burton is an artist whose work explores the meeting points of sculpture, architecture and craft. His practice reflects an interest in materials and place. He has often worked in international situations, collaborating with brick makers and bamboo breakers in India, beachcombers in China and graffiti artists in North America. His recent practice combines investigations into different materials, sites and approaches to making sculpture. He is currently working with a group of designers and artists to find new approaches to representing place through ‘mapping’, focussing on a local market in Goa, India. He has been invited to give lectures about his work in Universities across the world and has exhibited internationally.

Dr Marina Vishmidt: Speculation, Open and Closed

Tuesday 6 January, 6pm, MK045, City Campus

If we take the principal difference between speculation in thought and speculation in finance to be one between undetermined potential and risk management (Vishmidt 2013; Shaviro 2014), how do we transpose this distinction to speculative philosophy vs the speculative capacities of art?
Insofar as some of the more rigorous articulations of recent speculative materialism defend an unquestioned commitment to the physical sciences, much as speculative finance is determined by profit, the 'open/closed' distinction seems to be operative with respect to the material speculations of some recent art. However, it is the degree to which these material speculations can place their own (financialised) conditions of production at risk socially, historically and institutionally, in other words, their negativity that we can really speak of them as speculative rather than normatively ambiguous.


‌Dr Paul Harper: Doing and Talking: the value of video interviewing for researching and theorizing craft

Tuesday 20 January 2015, 6pm, MK045

This lecture will argue that traditional epistemologies and academic conventions have not given sufficient recognition or value to the epistemologies and lived experiences of craft practitioners, and that they have served to obscure the centrality of practice to meaning. In order to advance understanding of craft and to develop theory that is grounded in the experience of practice Dr Paul Harper will contend that research tools and strategies are needed in order to produce data about practice.  The lecture will discuss a method, using film, which foregrounds practice, making it visible and recording practitioners own accounts, in their own words, in the loci of their practice.


Professor Franny Armstong: Inaugural Professional Lecture

Tuesday 7 October 2014, 6.00pm, MK045, City Campus

Former pop drummer and self-taught filmmaker Franny Armstrong has directed three feature documentaries, most notably The Age of Stupid (2008) and McLibel (2005). Linked by satellite, in 2009 a million people watched Stupid's Global Premiere event in 700 cinemas in 63 countries. Through her company, Spanner Films, Franny pioneered the crowd-funding finance model, which allows filmmakers to raise reasonable-size budgets whilst retaining ownership of their films. She is developing a TV series, Undercovers, a four-part television drama series based on the story of the police spies who infiltrated British activist groups over the last 50 years and the women who had long-term relationships and even children with the spies.‌

‌Keti Chukhrov: 
Associate Professor in the Department of Art Theory and Cultural Studies at the Russian State University

Tuesday 14 October 2014, 6pm, Room MK045, City Campus

Keti Chukhrov is an associate professor in the Department of Art Theory and Cultural Studies at the Russian State University for the Humanities and a head of theory department at the National Center for Contemporary Art. (Moscow). She has authored numerous texts on art theory, culture, politics, and philosophy, which have appeared in periodicals including: Afterall, Artforum, Brumaria, documenta magazine, e-flux journal, New Literary Review, and Springerin. 

‌Professor Joe Winston: Beauty and Education

Tuesday 4 November 2014, 6.00pm, WH027, Walsall Campus

Joe Winston is Professor of Drama and Arts Education at the University of Warwick, UK. He has been co-editor of Research in Drama Education: the Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance since 2005. He has written extensively on a wide range of topics relating to educational drama and has more broadly examined beauty and the role of the aesthetic in educational contexts. His book Beauty and Education, published by Routledge, was book of the week in the Times Higher Educational Supplement in April, 2010. His latest book, published in the Arden Shakespeare series, examines the educational practices of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

‌Paul Bush: In the Hinterland of Narrative

Tuesday 2 December 2014, 6pm Mk045, City Campus

Paul Bush is a lecturer at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (CSC) in Italy, the National Film and Television School (NTFS) in the UK. Drawing from experience of thirty years of experimental film-making and almost that long of teaching, Bush will attempt to draw together and illustrate with his own work the answers to such searching questions as why we like watching bad films almost as much as good films, why story is important in art but disastrous in science, where the storyteller is hidden in contemporary cinema, whether cinema really is language, and why watching more TV helps you lose weight…