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The Copyists

Melvin, Jo and Dobai, Sarah and McCarthy, Tom and Campany, David and Dobai, Sarah (2015) The Copyists. In: The Copyists, 20 March 2015, Institute of Contemporary Art London.

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Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Melvin, Jo and Dobai, Sarah and McCarthy, Tom and Campany, David and Dobai, Sarah

One day Symposium at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London.

Recent acts of republication are the starting point for this symposium, which brings together artists, writers, curators and publishers. Contributors include, Michael Bracewell, David Campany, Sarah Dobai, Tom McCarthy and Jo Melvin.

The Copyists aimed to reflect on contemporary artistic & curatorial practices relationship to re-enactment, authorship and re-appropriation These concerns, highlighted by the current prevalence of artists’ use and re-use of existing cultural material, were addressed in conversations, papers and presentations from the following:

Michael Bracewell who has written on the re-make in artist’s publishing and popular music . http://www.frieze.com/issue/article/editions_of_you_1/

Tom McCarthy’s whose novel Remainder (2007) addressed the hunger for the real, memory and re-enactment. He has recently written on realism and representation in literature in The London Review of Books: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n24/tom-mccarthy/writing-machines

David Campany (University of Westminster) has written widely on photography and film. Recent titles include: Walker Evans: The Magazine Work, Jeff Wall Picture for Women, Photography and Cinema (Reaktion Books) and The Cinematic (Whitechapel Documents Series). http://davidcampany.com

Jo Melvin – CCW Reader and now Professor has been investigating the interconnections between the archives of artists’, critics, museums, galleries and magazines from the 1960s to the present day since the early 90s. Through her work with Studio International, Flanagan and other artists she has researched artists publishing as a radical gesture. www.arts.ac.uk/research/research-staff/a-z/dr-jo-melvin/

Arnaud Desjardin (The Everyday Press) Intellectual Property and the Cady Noland Project.

Sarah Dobai's republication of Gogol's The Overcoat (Four Corners Books 2015) in a present day setting underlined the connection between St Petersburg (1842) and London/ Paris in C21st. The re-presentation of the full text of a translation of Gogol's novella as a contemporary book work, featuring newly made large format photographs also foregrounded the relation between its protagonists role as a clerical copyist and the mimetic status of the photographic medium.

The days discussion led to a further discussion of the status of photography, realism and representation in wider cultural contexts.

Other Contributors:
ResearcherBracewell, Michael
ProducerDi Franco, Karen
Official Website: https://archive.ica.art/index/
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Your affiliations with UAL: Other Affiliations > CCW Graduate School
Colleges > Camberwell College of Arts
Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Date: 20 March 2015
Funders: CCW Graduate School, Institute of Contemporary Art
Related Websites: https://archive.ica.art/bulletin/audio/copyists/, http://sarahdobai.co.uk/pages/45/Works/Book_Works/The_Copyists/page:1
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Related Publications: The Copyists / The Forged Coupon/ L'Argent
Event Location: Institute of Contemporary Art London
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2022 15:31
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2022 15:31
Item ID: 19257
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/19257

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