The Uncanny and Visual Culture, lecture by John C. Welchman

30 Jul 2019 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM
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Old Museum Building Theatrette
Block 10, 10A02

The Uncanny and Visual Culture

Presenting a critical overview of the concept of the uncanny in historical, modern and contemporary visual culture, this lecture is based on research for the exhibition The Uncanny curated by Kelley for Tate Liverpool and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Vienna in 2004, which developed, in turn, from an earlier project at Sonsbeek'93 in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Along with books and articles by Tony Vidler, Hal Foster and others, Kelley’s innovative ‘exhibition within the exhibition’ was one of several contemporary efforts in the art and architectural worlds to set down a critical history and explore the implications of the aesthetic and psychological effects that were offered their first detailed discussion by Sigmund Freud in his 1919 essay ‘The “Uncanny”’. These reckonings with the uncanny join with the analysis and deployment of other psychoanalytic concepts in the art world, including automatism and work of dreams by André Breton and the Surrealists; Salvador Dalí’s dissident ‘critical paranoia’; and theories and practices of narcissism, abjection and trauma developed in the 1990s.

Selected biography:

John C. Welchman is Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism in the Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego, Chair of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, and a leader in the international arts community.

John C. Welchman is guest curator of On the Last Afternoon: Disrupted Ecologies and the Work of Joyce Campbell at Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi (27 July – 20 October 2019). His visit is supported by the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries, University of Auckland and the Adam Art Gallery.

Enter by car or bike via Entrance D off Buckle Street. The entrance to 10A02, the Theatrette in Block 10, is on the left hand side of the Old Museum Building (if Memorial Park is behind you). Doors will open at 5.30pm. Any enquiries please contact Professor Heather Galbraith h.galbraith@massey.ac.nz.

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