Intimacy and Reciprocity: Technologies of the Self

Marquard Smith
'The Body Extended: Sculpture and Prosthetics' lecture series
12th October 2016
Henry Moore Institute Seminar Room, 6pm

Rebecca Horn
'Moveable Shoulder Extensions'

© Rebecca Horn / DACS, 2016
Photo: Achim Thode

Using Sculpture and Prosthetics as a springboard, this lecture will discuss the intimate and reciprocal relations that we establish with inanimate human forms.

Dr Marquard Smith will offer an overview of recent debates on the tension between the human/non-human, animate/inanimate, body/technology, and between persons and things.

Following this he will discuss the idea of inanimate human form becoming animate, considering the creation myth in which the labour of sculpting becomes the intimate (and transformative) act by which an object of desire emerges as a being capable of reciprocity.

Dr Marquard Smith is Programme Leader for the MA Museums & Galleries in Education at UCL Institute of Education, and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Visual Culture. He has written extensively on the body/technology in the cultural context of capitalist modernity.

His publications include The Prosthetic Impulse (co-editor, The MIT Press, 2006), Stelarc: The Monograph (editor, The MIT Press, 2006), Disability-Visuality (co-editor, 2006).

This event is free of charge and open to all, but booking is advised. For more information please contact Corinne Painter, Research Programme Assistant: or book a place at this event online.

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