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Talking About Exhibitions #6: Audiences – guest speaker: John Cussans

March 7, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

John Cussans is an artist, writer and independent researcher with a background in graphic design, illustration and art theory. While completing a PhD in Cultural History at the RCA he began working and exhibiting as a visual artist, having his first show at the Cabinet gallery in London in 1994. His practice – which combines video, photography, text, image-making and teaching – is often a collaborative, performative and participatory. He has exhibited at a number of galleries internationally, and his writing has been published in several collections and journals (including Frozen Tears, Strange Attractor, Transmission Annual). He is a founding member of DRUGG (Diagram Research Use and Generation Group) and has recently written a book about representations of Haiti and Vodou in western popular culture: Undead Uprising: Haiti, Horror and the Zombie Complex (Strange Attractor, Forthcoming).

Since 2009 he has been involved with the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, working with the Haitian video collective Tele Geto. This evening John will discuss his contributions to the first, second and fourth Ghetto Biennales in order to open up a broader discussion about the role and potential of audiences as a support structure for artistic production.

Talking About Exhibitions is organised and led by Yuval Etgar, Margrethe Troensegaard and Miloslav Vorlicek. The seminar was born out of a necessity emphasised by students at the Royal College of Arts and it is initiated, funded and promoted by the Student’s Union.

For access to the seminar’s dropbox (texts, images, floor plans and course updates), please email Margrethe on margrethe.troensegaard@rsa.ox.ac.uk

Monday 7 March 2016, 6pm
Talking About Exhibitions #6: Audiences
guest speaker: John Cussans
Lecture Theatre 1, Kensington

Future Dates:

14 March, 6pm
In Practice
guest speaker – TBC


March 7, 2016
6:00 pm


Royal College of Art Students’ Union


Royal College of Art Students’ Union
Jay Mews
London, SW7 2EU United Kingdom