The 2013 BIRTHA Lecture will be given by Professor Paul Gough on 11th November 2013 at 6.30 pm in the Reception Room of the Wills Memorial Building ,which will feature as part of the InsideArts Festival.
'Running out of memory': Inscribing the city in the cause of commemoration'
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Professor Paul Gough is the Royal West of England Academy Professor of Fine arts and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. Educated at the Royal College of Art in London he is a painter, broadcaster and writer. He has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad and is represented in several art collections, including the Imperial War Museum, London; the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa; and the National War Memorial, New Zealand. His most recent exhibitions have been in Melbourne, London, and New Zealand. Gallery pages are available on www.vortex.uwe.ac.uk.
Professor Gough’s lecture is entitled: ‘Running out of memory’: Inscribing the city in the cause of commemoration (and/or celebration).Abstract: On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War this lecture will reflect on the underlying issues behind public commemoration, drawing on examples from the mass mourning for Diana, Princess of Wales, and the recreational grief that many feel has become part of the British zeitgeist, to other less reverential forms of remembering – urban graffiti, rogue artworks, guerrilla gardening. We will look at preparation for 2014 and this city’s history of civic protest and intervention, at its official and unofficial markers of memory, and at the legacy of remembrance and the duty of care that some feel is being imposed on fresh generations.