Guest Talk – Mike Stubbs

This week’s colloquium will feature Director of FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) Mike Stubbs whose lecture is entitled “Art + Politics”.

Date: 12 Mar 2018 (Monday)
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

Mike's Poster

Topic: Art + Politics

Abstract:
Professor Mike Stubbs, Director of FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) will talk about the vision of the organisation, and how FACT encourages artists to provoke and disrupt mainstream thinking in all strains of programming; Exhibitions, Public Programme, Learning, and finally Research and Innovation. Presenting case studies of artworks which bridge socially engaged practice, poetics and politics, Mike will specifically reference FACT’s exhibitions programme and artists who have previously been commissioned or shown work at the gallery:

How much of this is fiction? (2017) explored the radical shift in the boundary between fiction and reality in a world increasingly governed by ‘post-truth’ politics.

He Will Not Divide Us, LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner (2017) was an artwork created to protest Donald Trump’s inauguration in the United States, shown outside the Museum of Moving Image, New York, and at FACT.

One Year Performance 1980-81, Hseih Tehching (1980-81), shown as part of Liverpool Biennial 2010 brings together the artist’s daily punch cards, photographic documents and a time-lapsed, stop-action film as evidence of his ‘doing time’ at work, made especially poignant given his uncertain status as an illegal immigrant when the work was made.

About the Speaker:
Mike Stubbs has been Director of FACT since May 2007. Previously he was Head of Exhibitions at the Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI), Senior Research Resident at Dundee University’s School of Television Imaging and was the Founding Director at Hull Time Based Arts (HTBA). During his career, Mike has commissioned over 250 interactive, site-specific, performative, sonic and moving image-based artworks. Originally educated at the Royal College of Art and Cardiff College of Art, Mike is a film-maker and artist in his own right. His own internationally commissioned artwork encompasses broadcast films, video art, large-scale public projections and new media installation. Recent initiatives include championing the new cross regional AND (Abandon Normal Devices) Festival of New Cinema and Digital Culture, commissioning KMA as part of Shanghai Expo 2010 and launching http://www.fact.tv, an online arts channel.

To find out more about Mike Stubbs, you can check out the organization’s pages.

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