Art vapours: ways of seeing, hearing and speaking again

lok, susan pui san and Kristensen, Juliette (2015) Art vapours: ways of seeing, hearing and speaking again. In: Thinking with John Berger, 04-05 September 2014, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, UK. . [Conference or Workshop Item]


Engaging particularly with the conference themes of drawing and writing, theory and practice, this paper proposes to talk first about a special issue of the Journal of Visual Culture published in 2012 (marking the 40th anniversary of Ways of Seeing), going on to introduce a second project, called Art Vapours.

The journal issue was co-edited by Raiford Guins, Juliette Kristensen and susan pui san lok, and comprises eighteen short contributions and reflections from historians, theorists, writers, thinkers, curators and makers, from across the fields of art history, visual culture and practice. The issue also includes an interview by Kristensen with Mike Dibb (producer, filmmaker and collaborator on Ways of Seeing), and a selection of visual essays commissioned by lok. In addition, lok produced a visual response to Dibb’s personal archive, called ‘Making Ways’, under the rubric, ‘Archivery’.

The second part of the paper will focus on a new collaboration between lok and Kristensen, under the name Art Vapours. With a view to writing, drawing, thinking, making, publishing and curating across a range of platforms, Art Vapours seeks to hear, recognise, and re-inscribe the voices and bodies that haunt the spaces of feminism, art and the everyday, past and present. The first AV project, currently in development, revolves around two points of departure, or two moments of discursive self-effacement, self-assertion, and interruption: a letter written to Berger in response to Ways of Seeing, from an apologetic ‘ordinary housewife’; and the women talking in the programmes’ second episode, who speak to Berger, to each other, and before but not to the camera. How might their words be un-archived, uncut and re-scripted, performed or re-staged? How might we recover and listen, re-imagine and re-cast our personal, cultural and political genealogies, in ways that see, hear and speak, to the past and the present?

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords (uncontrolled): John Berger, Ways of Seeing, feminism, archives, art vapours
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts
Item ID: 16450
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Depositing User: susan pui san lok
Date Deposited: 28 May 2015 15:21
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2022 00:35

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