Session 3: 17/05/21
6-8pm


Presenters: Adam Neikirk, Adrian Rifkin, Linda Mary Montano, Nina Danino





Adam Neikirk

Bio


Adam Neikirk is a 2nd-year PhD student in Creative Writing at the University of Essex. His creative dissertation comprises a verse biography of Samuel Taylor Coleridge together with critical commentary. His writing has appeared in the Charles Lamb and Coleridge Bulletins and Creel: an anthology of creative writing. He lives in Colchester with his partner. 


Presentation

“The ‘Religiosity’ of the Symbol in Coleridge’s Dejection ode”  This talk will discuss two interpretations of the meaning of Coleridge’s Dejection ode (1802) in connection with my previous talk on the translucence of the symbol in Coleridgean thought. Simon Critchley’s secular reading of the ode will be compared with Peter Cheyne’s reading which supports a contemplative-philosophical approach. This talk is based on content excerpted from the critical portion of my creative dissertation.



Adrian Rifkin

Bio


Adrian Rifkin works with film and cinema, classical and popular music, canonical art and mass imagery, literature and pornography. Adrian started his working life in the Department of Fine Art at Portsmouth Polytechnic working with art students as well as history and cultural studies students and architects, and finished as Professor of Art Writing at Goldsmiths. with an episode as professor of Fine Art at the University of Leeds and then of Visual Culture at Middlesex between these two points. Rifkin's full biography, many of his essays, as well as his blog can be found on his website (see link below), where there are essays on music, queer theory, artists' work and so forth. He completed two exhibitions of the life and works of the composer Cornelius Cardew, together with Grant Watson, at MuHKA, Antwerp and The Drawing Room, and is involved in a range of conferences on art education and radical pedagogy in the UK. 

gai-savoir.net


Presentation

I will speak to my surprise at the linking of religion ‘and’ art in the sense that their separation might be thought as a kind of oxymoron. This might be thought, for example, through the power that religious or state art holds for iconoclasts. I will introduce the long-term of my own thinking around these matters, with the support of some art books I have had for at least 6 decades and move on to thinking of the importance for thinking about art history in general viz ‘El Cristo de Velasquez’ by Miguel de Unamuno’of 1920.



Linda Mary Montano

Bio


Linda Mary Montano is a seminal figure in contemporary feminist performance art and her work since the mid 1960s has been critical in the development of video by, for, and about women. Attempting to dissolve the boundaries between art and life, Montano continues to actively explore her art/life through shared experience, role adoption, and intricate life altering ceremonies, some of which last for seven or more years. Her artwork is starkly autobiographical and often concerned with personal and spiritual transformation. Montano’s influence is wide ranging – she has been featured at museums including The New Museum in New York, MOCA San Francisco and the ICA in London.

wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_Montano

Presentation

Linda will sing new words to THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE while holding a small chicken/puppet. After her song a video of a small boy singing EVERY LITTLE THING WILL BE ALRIGHT will play. On chat there will be a statement about Montano’s process. At the end of the event, we will all dance together to ADDICTED TO LOVE.



Nina Danino

Bio

Nina Danino is a filmmaker and artist. She has made experimental films and feature length films. Her most recent film I Die of Sadness Crying For You (2019) was premiered at the London Film Festival and Seville European Film Festival (2019).  She is Reader in Fine Art, Goldsmiths, University of London.

ninadanino.com


Presentation 
I am working on two long films and when one was not funded by the BFI in September of last year, it made me think about women and performance art – how women turned to immediate materials - their bodies, actions and voices. I have been making short song works since April 2020 which was unexpected and I have recently made dance videos out of my enjoyment of the music.  I thought I would do a 5 minute extract from the video Cream: Killin’ what’s inside of you, 52 mins (2021).
 








Top
Adam Neikirk
Upper middle
Adrian Rifkin
‘El Cristo de Velasquez’ by Miguel de Unamuno (photograph)

Lower middle
Linda Mary Montano
Chicken Dance (performance photograph)

Bottom
Nina Danino
(performance photograph)




Contact:

Nina Danino  
n.danino@gold.ac.uk

Mark Dean    
m.w.dean|at|arts.ac.uk