As part of the Event Series for The Pleasure of Expense, Cooper Gallery, Researcher and Lecturer Dr. Catherine Spencer leads a free workshop.
The workshop will respond to Jasmina Cibic’s exhibition by considering it in relation to a range of performance art and activism that has deployed individual and collective bodies to question architectures of hard as well as soft power, in both urban sites and the countryside. Looking at a diverse array of interventions by practitioners from VALIE EXPORT to Regina José Galindo, as well as those by collectives including Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell (W.I.T.C.H), it will also consider the visual impact of political actions such as the women’s peace camp at Greenham Common, asking what are the possibilities of, and challenges for, gestures that are often inherently transitory when interrogating the physical infrastructures of the state, military and market.
Places are free and can be booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Catherine Spencer is a lecturer in the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews. Her research focuses in particular on performance art since the 1960s in the Americas and Europe.