Professor Simon Goldsworthy, Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Persuasive Industries, delivered a keynote speech on Public Relations and Reputation at the 3rd International Colloquium on Corporate Branding, Identity, Image and Reputation held at Middlesex University on 7-8th September 2017.
The book reveals how the ‘social value of art’ may have one meaning for a policy maker, another for a museum and still yet another for an artist – and it is therefore in the interaction between these agents that we learn the most about the importance of rhetoric and interpretation. As a trajectory in art history, socially engaged art has a long and established history. However, in recent years—or since ‘the social turn’ that occurred in the 1990s—the rhetoric surrounding the social value of art has been assimilated by cultural policy makers and museums. Interdisciplinary in its approach, and bringing together contributions from artists, curators and academics, the volume explores rhetoric, social value and the arts within different social, political and cultural contexts.
The book launch is on Friday 22 September at 5pm in the Asa Briggs Social Space, Kensington Campus.
Dr. Robert J. Wallis’ proposal for a session at the Royal Anthropological Institute conference in 2018 has been accepted. The ‘Art, Materiality and Representation’ conference will be held 1 to 3 June 2018 at the British Museum, Clore Centre, and School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Senate House. Wallis’ session, entitled ‘Relating to Raptors: The Art of Human Engagements with Birds of Prey’, will explore representations of the dynamic between ourselves and birds of prey, evidenced diversely in the anthropology of art, the art history and archaeology of the earliest falconry, and visual representations of raptors in museums, heritage and tourism. The call for papers was announced on 29 August and will be open until 8 January. Wallis’ research on the art and archaeology of falconry has been published in the journals ‘Antiquity’, ‘The Archaeological Journal of the Royal Archaeological Institute’ and ‘The Falconer’. He is currently preparing a monograph entitled ‘The Art and Archaeology of Falconry: The Earliest Evidence for the Oldest Field Sport’. He is Professor of Visual Culture at Richmond University and a fellow of both the Royal Anthropological Institute and the Society of Antiquaries of London.
This book offers the first in-depth analysis of the relationship between art and design, which led to the creation of ‘pop’. Challenging accepted boundaries and definitions seeking out various commonalities and points of connection between these two exciting areas. Confronting the all-pervasive `high art / low culture’ divide, Pop Art and Design brings a fresh understanding of visual culture during the vibrant 1950s and 60s. This was an era when commercial art became graphic design, illustration was superseded by photography and high fashion became street fashion, all against the backdrop of a rapidly-evolving economic and political landscape, a glamorous youth scene and an effervescent popular culture. The book’s central argument is that pop art relied on and drew inspiration from pop design, and vice versa. Pop Art and Design provides a case study in the broader inter-relationship between art and design, and constitutes the first interdisciplinary publication on the subject. The book launch is on November 30th at 7pm in Asa Briggs Hall.
Dr. Robert J. Wallis, Professor of Visual Culture has been published in The Falconer journal. Wallis’ paper, entitled “‘As the Falcon Her Bells’?: Falconry and Hawking in Early Anglo-Saxon England”, examines the archaeological and art historical evidence, including finds from the iconic site of Sutton Hoo, to argue that falconry was introduced from Scandinavia to the region of East Anglia around the late sixth or early seventh century – around a century earlier than previously thought. Falconry and falconry birds, Wallis proposes, played an important social role in the emerging Anglo-Saxon kingdom of East Anglia, negotiating its identity in relation to a pagan-falconer-elite in Scandinavia and the newly established Christian alliances in south-east England and on the Continent. Wallis has also written a review of the book Historical Falconry: An Illustrated Guide in the same issue of The Falconer.
Caption: The hawk-with-prey motif on the purse lid from Sutton Hoo, which may evidence falconry in early England (British Museum)
Dr. Nicola Mann has co-edited a new book with Palgrave MacMillan: “Rhetoric, Social Value and the Arts: But How Does it Work?” Dr. Mann’s co-editor is ex-Richmond Faculty member, Charlotte Bonham-Carter. Bonham-Carter is Programme Director of Culture and Enterprise at Central Saint Martins. The book reveals how the ‘social value of art’ may have one meaning for a policy maker, another for a museum and still yet another for an artist – and it is therefore in the interaction between these agents that we learn the most about the importance of rhetoric and interpretation. As a trajectory in art history, socially engaged art has a long and established history. However, in recent years—or since ‘the social turn’ that occurred in the 1990s—the rhetoric surrounding the social value of art has been assimilated by cultural policy makers and museums. Interdisciplinary in its approach, and bringing together contributions from artists, curators and academics, the volume explores rhetoric, social value and the arts within different social, political and cultural contexts.”
Dr. Christopher Wylde has published a new book with Springer: “Emerging Markets and the State: Developmentalism in the 21st Century“. This book, through an analysis of case studies in Latin America and Southeast Asia, sets out to understand the form and function of contemporary states seeking to guide and cajole markets, hoping to stimulate economic growth and generate robust development outcomes. In the context of contemporary globalization, and the hegemony of a neoliberal mode of capital accumulation, independent state-directed development has moved away from the reach of many emerging markets. Wylde’s analysis reveals that, contrary to much of the literature espousing the ‘end of the state’, the role of the state in the 21st century development process continues to be of pivotal importance.
Dr. Christopher Wylde has been awarded an Associate Fellowship at the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS), at the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London. This is in order to help him pursue his ongoing research into post-neoliberalism in Latin America and beyond.