This workshop explores how artists and designers can critically respond to controversial visual imagery. Examples of this imagery include pornography, propaganda, and depictions of violence and death. Through an introductory survey of historic and contemporary case studies, participants gain an understanding of key debates about how controversy frames certain types of imagery as a problem. In a following hands-on workshop, participants then develop an individual art or design project that aims to render complex, or challenge, the typical ways that problematic imagery is understood.
Open to all. Participation limited to 10.
Please send expressions of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 10, 2021.
Brian Curtin is an Irish-born art writer, lecturer, and curator of contemporary art. He holds a Ph.D. in studio art from the University of Bristol and has been based in Bangkok since 2000. Brian’s work explores dialogues between contemporary art, Queer theories and studies in visual and material cultures. His commentary, essays, interviews and reviews have been published in Art Journal, Artforum, Art Asia Pacific, Circa, Craft Research, Flash Art, Frieze, Journal of Curatorial Studies and Parachute, amongst others. Research work addresses challenges in thinking through hierarchies and antagonisms that limit critical approaches to modern and contemporary art; and published essays in this respect explore the art-historical marginalizing of ‘decoration’ and also problems of national identity as a frame for recent art. He has lectured in art history, visual culture and studio courses in the Dept. of Communication Design of Chulalongkorn University since 2010.