The Four Elements

Asta Gröting talks series
4th March 2009 - 25th March 2009
Henry Moore Institute Seminar Room, 6pm

Earth, Air, Fire, and Water are the subjects for each of the four HMI Wednesday evening talks in March 2009. This series of talks will sit tangentially in relation to two concurrent HMI exhibitions - Box Body Burial: the sculptural imagination of Keith Arnatt and Asta Gröting Sculpture: 1987-2008. Each speaker will make the topic their own with reference to the treatment of these 'elements' by a number of sculptural-conceptual practices from the 1960s into the present.

4 March: Anna Lovatt (University of Nottingham)

Dr Anna Lovatt is Lecturer in Art History at the University of Nottingham. Following a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the Henry Moore Foundation in 2005-06, she has continued to develop her research on the role of drawing in New York based sculptural practices of the late 1960s and early 70s, and is currently working on a book on that topic.

11 March: Tim Etchells (Artist/Forced Entertainment)

Tim Etchells is best known for his work as artistic director and writer of the performance ensemble Forced Entertainment, one of the UK’s most respected and groundbreaking experimental theatre companies. He has also created diverse projects of his own in a variety of media and written widely about performance and contemporary culture

18 March: Jens Hoffman (California College of the Arts)

Jens Hoffmann is a writer and curator of exhibitions. He is currently the Director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco. From 2003 to 2007 he was the Director of Exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. He is co-curator of the 2009 2nd San Juan Triennial in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His talk, ‘Keep the Fire Burning’, will focus on artists as provocateurs.

25 March: Penny McCarthy (Artist/Sheffield Hallam University)

Penny McCarthy is an artist who works with drawing and text. Her work is an investigation that explores the boundaries between art, history, science and philosophy. Over the last ten years she has exhibited consistently in Britain and abroad. Her work has received several awards from Arts Council (England) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Audio recordings of Tim Etchells And Jens Hoffman's talks are available in the Henry Moore Institute Research Library. Anna Lovatt's talk is available to read as an Online Paper.

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