Event:

Christine Battersby - 'Natality, Materiality, Maternity: The Sublime, The Grotesque & the Art of Marc Quinn'
Hosted by the School of Fine Art

Event Type:

Friday Event

Location:

Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) 12 Rose Street Glasgow G3 6RB

Open:

13 Nov 2009
Friday,
11:00 - 13:00

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Christine Battersby - 'Natality, Materiality, Maternity: The Sublime, The Grotesque & the Art of Marc Quinn'

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Christine Battersby
'Natality, Materiality, Maternity: The Sublime, The Grotesque & the Art of Marc Quinn'

Why is it so rare to find birth depicted in terms of the framework of the sublime? And why, instead, do we so often find both pregnancy and the processes of birth idealised as beautiful or treated as grotesque? In order to answer this question, Christine Battersby will focus on Marc Quinn's 'birth works', most especially his 2008 sculptural installation Evolution that portrayed the growth of the human foetus in nine developmental and monumental stages.

Christine Battersby is Reader Emerita in Philosophy and Associate Fellow of The Centre for Philosophy, Literature and The Arts at the University of Warwick. She is the author of The Sublime, Terror and Human Difference (Routledge, 2007); The Phenomenal Woman: Feminist Metaphysics and the Patterns of Identity (Polity/Routledge, 1998); and Gender and Genius: Towards a Feminist Aesthetics (The Women's Press, 1989/1994).  Having also authored numerous articles on feminist philosophy, and on women writers and artists, she is currently working on a number of topics relating to natality; the sublime and the grotesque; and 'race' in the history of philosophy.

Hosted by The School of Fine Art, The Friday Event Lecture Series is The Glasgow School of Art's flagship public lecture series, and brings major international speakers (including artists, architects, designers, historians and cultural theorists) to the city of Glasgow.