TrAIN Open Lecture: Historiographies of the Contemporary: Modes of Translation in and from Conceptual Art - Dr Michael Asbury with Response to Paper by Dr Fabrizio Poltronieri

Open Lecture


Waldemar Cordeiro (with J. L. Silveira, Carlos A. T. Pulino) , ‘Gente 25% grau zero’, computer output (detail) c. 1972/73

This lecture launches this year’s activities of the Contemporary Art and Latin America thematic strand at TrAIN. These include the ‘Historiographies of the Contemporary’ reading group for PhD students and the Latin America and Contemporary Art study group, where invited scholars share their research with their peers.

This lecture draws on historiography and theories of translation departing from the following question:
If contemporary art is ‘post conceptual art’, as is often asserted, how should we account for current practices that emerged from art
historical genealogies outside that paradigm?

The question problematises terminologies such as ‘conceptualisms’ and the broader notion of ‘global art’, in order to identify how such
terminology arose, how to understand the contradictions they invoke and how art historical narratives may respond to such findings.

The presentation will be followed by a response by Dr Fabrizo Poltronieri in order to open a debate.

Dr Michael Asbury is a Reader in the theory and history of art and a founding member of TrAIN, based at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL.

An international authority on Brazilian modern and contemporary art, his work ranges from scholarly art historical studies, art criticism and

Dr Fabrizio Poltronieri is a Reader in Creative Technologies at the Institute of Creative Technologies, Media School, De Montfort University, Leicester.

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    Dr Michael Asbury

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    I was born in Teresópolis, in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro, the son of British missionaries. After twenty years in Brazil I came to England to study engineering but fortunately to myself (and others) changed course and went on to complete an MA in The Study of Contemporary Art at Liverpool University and a PhD in the History and Theory of Art at The London Institute (now UAL).
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