Visualising Affect by Katalin Halász

5DeBerduccy From 8 to 10 July 2013, the Lewisham Arthouse in London is hosting a group exhibition titled Visualising Affect. It is organised in conjunction with the International Visual Sociology Association Annual Conference 2013 that takes place at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Visualising Affect investigates art-practices and visual research strategies that consider and challenge the affective and emotional dimensions of race, sexuality and gender-constructs in art and society. It provides a compelling argument for an aesthetic engagement with affect and offers an insight into the ways in which social research remains concerned with the role and possibilities of feeling. 

The art show and conference talk bring together the most exciting minds from social science and visual arts, both new talent as well as established international contributors to explore these issues. The group show runs over three days and includes sound and textile installations, video-art, photography, film screening and talks from 17 contributors from 10 different countries.

Artists and visual sociologists participating in Visualising Affect are Sutapa Biswas, Sandra De Berduccy, Nirmal Puwar, Yasmin Gunaratnam, Julio Gonzáles Sánchez, Karin Michalski, Laura Cuch and Yvonne Füegg.

Films by Jane Kin Kaisen and Guston Sondin-Kung, Jack Tan, Justin Archer, Martin Bleazar and Rosanna Scott, and by Konstantinos Panapakidis are screened as a special event to the exhibition.

A panel talk with academics Allison Carter and Rachel Clarke and exhibiting visual practitioners Laura Cuch and Konstantios Panapakidis takes place on 9 July as part of the International Visual Sociology Association Annual Conference 2013.


Karin Michalski’s The Alphabet of Feeling Bad featuring Ann Cvetkovich.

Private View: Monday 8 July, 7.30 – 9 pm

8 – 10 July 2013 Daily, 12 – 6 pm except special events. Admission free, step-free access

The exhibition is curated by Katalin Halász and Polly Card.

Polly Card is a filmmaker, producer and writer. She quit her job to pursue her true passion in art having worked for the BBC for 8 years. Recent work includes short films for international development charity BBC Media Action and The Blush Machine, a multimedia performance piece shown in Bolivia, 2013.

Katalin Halasz is a writer and artist researcher. She has written extensively on racism, minority and women rights, and equality. She also uses film, installation, and performance to explore embodied concepts of race, gender, and sexuality. Her artistic work revolves around the use of boundary-crossing strategies and the workings of emotions in the performance of the everyday and in visual art practices. She is currently working on a practice-based PhD in visual sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London and is a fellow at InterArt, Free University, Berlin.

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