Film Screening: A State of Agreement

Stephen Willats in conversation with Andrew Wilson
23rd September 2008
Seminar Room
Henry Moore Institute

From the 1960s till today, Stephen Willats has situated his artistic practice at the intersection between art and other disciplines, such as cybernetics, systems research, behaviourism, communications theory or computer technology. This practice has constructed and developed a language for conceptual art that is collaborative, interactive and participatory.

The film is based round an interview between Stephen Willats and Dr Andrew Wilson, Curator of Modern and Contemporary British Art at the Tate, and includes reproduction of several of Willats’ works and other primary film source material. This lively debate, which takes place both in Willats’ studio and on location in West London, concerns his artistic ideas and documents the intellectual rigour and structured content of Stephen Willats’ work. The film also builds on the ability of Willats’ work – often site-specific or located outside conventional Gallery situations – to directly impact on groups of people who do not usually form part of the audience for the visual arts.

Stephen Willats has edited and published Control Magazine since 1965. The film forms part of the Arts Council series: Pioneers in Art and Science DVDs.

The screening of the film will be preceded by a short introductory talk by Dr Stephanie Willats.

5pm. This event is free and on a first come first served basis.