Aesthetics and Politics of Moving Images – Tuesday 10/12/2013

– event part of the Radical Media Forum 2013, an initiative led by postgraduate Media and Communications students, funded by Goldsmiths Graduate School –

– organized by Mihaela Brebenel –

What is to be done with moving images of/after political events? Can we speak of critical moving images? When and how are moving images critical of political configurations and to what effect? What do bodies in movement and moving regimes of visibility reflect on each other in the production and reception of moving images? Could we advance the possibility of protest aesthetics and what does it involve and imply? What role do moving images play as monuments and documents in possible critical or political configurations and how does that return into either artistic practice or academic debate?


One day event, formed of two roundtables, each on a sub-theme. For each roundtable, the aim is to invite academics, artists and young researchers to share their views on a series of questions raised by the sub-theme, through short presentations and screenings of video works, followed by discussions, first between the participants, then opened to the public. 


*Critical Images

Disciplinary vision(s) and control technologies have created disciplined and disciplining moving images, from modernity to postcolonial contexts, from so-called virtualized wars to mediated revolutions. Such vision(s) can, of course, be read in conjunction with the subjectivities they produce and the relations between spaces and bodies which they conjure. What, then could be critical images and how would they invite resistant subjectivations to power, discipline and control?

Confirmed speakers: Pasi Väliaho (Media and Communications, Goldsmiths), Ryan Bishop (Winchester School of Art), Ayesha Hameed (Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths), Caterina Albano (Central St. Martins), Miranda Pennell (artist, London), Matthew Fuller (Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths).

*Protest Aesthetics

Godard has called against making political film, and towards ‘making film politically,’ a kind of production of moving images that is a political act, a re-organization of the sensible, perhaps in Ranciere’s terms. What, then, does it mean to politically make works using moving images, be it works of art, alternative media and information or film? How can we formulate the conditions of possibility for the production of work that is engaged politically in a time of over-abundance of moving images and of means of producing them but an increasingly surveyed and censored climate? How to actualize the relations between production of moving images and their reception in an emancipatory way, especially considering spatialities and temporalities of local contexts in globalized, transnational configurations? Could we speak, in this case, of not an aesthetics of protest, but of protest aesthetics? 

Confirmed speakers: Simon Sheikh (Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths),  David Rych (artist, Berlin), Ruchir Joshi (filmmaker and writer, Calcutta), Bernadette Buckley (Politics, Goldsmiths), Nicole Wolf (Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths), James Ellison (Loughborough University), Thakur Sumesh Sharma and Zascha Colah (curators, Clarkhouse Initiative, Mumbai)

This event is free and open to everyone, but spaces are limited, so please register by emailing

Location: Surrey House G01 – Orangery (80 Lewisham Way, New Cross, London, SE14 6PB)

How to get there


From Goldsmiths Library or main building (Richard Hoggart Building): walk down Lewisham Way until you reach the next crossroads. You would have passed the Old Haberdasher pub on your right and crossed St. Donnat’s Rd to get there. When you reach the crossroad of Lewisham Way with Shardeloes Rd, turn right on Shardeloes Rd and walk down for about 30 m. Surrey House is the entire building on your left hand side, facing Lewisham Way but the main entry is on Shardeloes Rd.


10.00 Welcome. Coffee and tea

11.00 Roundtable ‘Critical Images’

Audio recordings here and here.

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Roundtable ‘Protest Aesthetics’

Audio recordings here and here.

16.00 Final Q&A and closing

17.00 Reception/Drinks

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Download posters for circulation:

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Mihaela opens the day Dr. Pasi Valihao Ryan Bishop Ayesha Hameed on Gaddafi Dr. Caterina Albano Miranda Pennel Prof. Matthew Fuller Q&A first panel Full House at the second panel Rych shows Femen Rych shows palastenian Avatar Second panel Protest aesthetics Q & A

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