To open the Sexuality Summer School 2015: ‘Queer Arts and Activism’, the historian and filmmaker Gavin Butt (Goldsmiths) will be giving a public lecture on Monday 18 May.
‘Anti-Gravitas: Queer Importance in Art and Performance’
12-2pm, Monday 18 May
International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5BY
Readings to accompany the public lecture are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kd4kadj2rdqenw1/AABsgebVBgFYcjCgpcoMX4gra?dl=0
Gavin Butt is Professor of Visual Cultures and Performance at Goldsmiths, University of London. Trained as an artist and art historian, Gavin’s research has now broadened and encompasses work across the intersecting areas of performance studies, queer studies and visual culture. Much of his work concerns a rethinking of the value of objects, events and knowledges deemed unworthy by so-called serious discourses of criticism and scholarship. He is currently completing a book Anti-Gravitas: Queer Importance in Art and Performance which explores the challenges to seriousness presented within queer and feminist culture. He is also currently researching a cultural history project, provisionally entitled The Post-Punk Experiment. Gavin Butt recently made This is Not A Dream, a documentary film co-directed with journalist Ben Walters, a hitherto untold story of artist’s DIY use of moving image technology including original interviews with Vaginal Davis, Dara Birnbaum, David Hoyle, Kalup Linzy, Holestar, Nao Bustamante, Dickie Beau and others.