The Politics of Documentary and Art Imagery

2 May 2018, 12:00 - 14:00

Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Reading Group

This term will begin with a reading group asking how the aesthetics of politics and the politics of aesthetics drive the production of both ‘documentary’ and ‘art’ imagery. Specifically, we will question whether art and politics are inextricable or eternally at odds, with activist art positioned at the focal point of our discussion.


Duncombe, S. (2016) Does it Work?: The Æffect of Activist Art. Social Research: An International Quarterly, 83(1), 115-134.                  

Markussen, T. (2013) The disruptive aesthetics of design activism: enacting design between art and politics. Design Issues, 29(1), 38-50.

Miller, M. H. 'Protest Art in the Era of Trump.' In The New York Times Style Magazine. 20 Feb 2017. tiravanija.html

Kester, G. H. (2004) ‘Dialogical Aesthetics.’ In Conversation pieces: Community and communication in modern art. Univ. of California Press.

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Open to all. No registration required.
Part of the Power and Vision: The Camera as Political Technology Research Group Researc Group Seminar Series.

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