On 12th March I set off to Cambridge to attend Radical Materialities: Linder and Companion Histories which has been organised by Kettle’s Yard and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, on the occasion of the exhibition Linderism. A two-day conference reflecting upon Linder’s five decade career;

      “Best known for her photomontages, Linder’s work is central to histories of feminist art and experimental art practice. She has both broken down barriers between art and popular culture, and explored complex and obscured histories. Her work ranges from photomontage, to collage, to photography, to music, performance and sculpture. It defies categorisation in its materiality”.

Unfortunately the Coronavirus outbreak forces some changes to the speaker line up, I am disappointed not to hear Jon Savage speak about the Punk fanzine, Secret Public, he and Linder created and published in 1978. (However, I was able to see an original copy at the Liverpool John Moores University Special Collections and Archives (see separate Blog post).

Several fascinating discussions and papers were delivered by;

Amy Tobin - https://www.hoart.cam.ac.uk/people/dr-amy-tobin

Yuval Etgar - https://www.rsa.ox.ac.uk/people/yuval-etgar

Maria Elena Buszek - https://ucdenver.academia.edu/MariaElenaBuszek

Francis Summers - https://www.uca.ac.uk/staff-profiles/dr-francis-summers/

Naomi Polonsky - https://hyperallergic.com/author/naomi-polonsky/

The breadth of knowledge at the symposium was astounding, Linder herself was warm and approachable, I was delighted to have the opportunity to talk to her on a couple of occasions during the conference. This is of particular interest to me, as my dissertation explores the links between, and the influence of, the Situationists Internationale, on British art; a connection I am exploring through examination of British Punk.

The day was rounded off by a tour of the breath-taking New Hall Art Collection at Murray Edwards College with curator Harriett Loffler and a drinks reception.

Please take a look at my related Image Albums

Kettle’s Yard

Linderism

The New Hall Art Collection

 

 

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