13th May 2015

2.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Project Room (1.06), 50 George Square, Edinburgh

Screening of ‘Black God, White Devil’ (Glauber Rocha, 1964)

With an introductory talk by Dr Charlotte Gleghorn, followed by a panel discussion with Dr Raquel Ribeiro, from Hispanic Studies, University of Edinburgh.

Entry free and all welcome! Film runtime: 120mins, with English subtitles.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-god-white-devil-glauber-rocha-1964-film-screening-and-panel-discussion-tickets-16817711227

6.00 pm – 8.00 pm

The Fruitmarket Gallery

Panel discussion between: Dr. Micheal Asbury, UAL, Dr. Isobel Whitelegg, LJMU/Tate Research and Rachel Adams, Glasgow-based artist. Chaired by Dr. Catherine Spencer, University of St. Andrews.



14th May 2015

9.45 am – 7.30 pm

Teviot Dining Room, Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Conference: ‘Possibilities of Exchange: Experiments in Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art’.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/possibilities-of-exchange-experiments-in-modern-and-contemporary-latin-american-art-tickets-16750959571

Black God White Devil Poster


Throughout the twentieth century, Latin American artists pioneered re-inventions and re-conceptualisations of the ‘art object’, creating kinetic, super-sensorial and participatory works. By activating novel cognitive and sensorial perceptions and responses, the practices of artists such as Hélio Oiticica, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Lygia Clark demanded new relationships with the spectator and the surrounding space. Many of these artists travelled and worked internationally, with the result that their experiments were often conducted from transnational perspectives, and are vital to wider understandings of artistic developments in the modern and contemporary period. Coinciding with The Fruitmarket Gallery exhibition ‘Possibilities of the Object: Experiments in Modern and Contemporary Brazilian Art’, this conference seeks to develop a broader understanding of the shifts that have occurred among Latin American artistic practices since the 1950s and into the present. From novel categorisations of the object such as ‘active-object’, ‘graphic-object’, ‘relational-object’, ‘trans-object’, ‘non-object’, ‘poem-object’, graphic-object’, to the dispersal of ‘objects’ in experimental kinetic, performance and installation works, and their transformation through mail art, text pieces and conceptual networks, we hope to trace the possibilities and politics of exchange and interaction set in motion during this period, and their ramifications for the contemporary moment. Such connections afford viewpoints that cut across national and geographic boundaries, shedding new light on collaboration among artists from different countries within Latin America, and transnationally.

Possible paper themes include, but are by no means limited to:

(Re)conceptualisations of the ‘object’
Materialisation vs. Dematerialization
Artistic exchange, collaboration and networks
Interdisciplinary experimentation
Kineticism and super-sensorial works
Artworks as gifts and / or games
Curatorial and display strategies
Confirmed keynote speaker: Professor Sérgio Bruno Martins (PUC-RJ, Pontíficia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro).

Invited speakers: Dr. Michael Asbury (University of the Arts of London), Dr. Isobel Whitelegg (Liverpool John Moores University), artist Rachel Adams.

Abstracts of 300 words, together with a short (max 100 words) biography should be sent to Lara Demori (s1271395@sms.ed.ac.uk) by 20 February 2015. ‘Possibilities of the Object: Experiments in Modern and Contemporary Brazilian Art’, curated by Paulo Venancio Filho, will run at The Fruitmarket Gallery between 6 March and 25 May 2015. Possibilities of Exchange will consist of a workshop, gallery tour and panel discussion on May 13th, followed by a one-day conference on May 14th: the project is supported by the Edinburgh College of Art and the Society for Latin American Studies. Bursaries will be available for speakers’ travel costs within UK. Please email Lara Demori with any queries about the conference or application process.

Cover photo:  Hélio Oiticica, Quasi-Cinema, Block Experiments em Cosmococa, CC3 Maileryn, 1973  Hélio Oiticica, Projeto Helio Oiticica (Rio de Janeiro, RJ), Reprodução fotográfica Andreas Valentin


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  1. Hi
    I would like to take part in the conference on May 14th 2015. How would I make a request to attend?
    I am doing an MA in Art History and am a graduate of ECA. I live in Edinburgh.
    Judith Read


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