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Trashing Performance, lecture and screening


Gavin Butt is Reader in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Trained as an artist and art historian, his research has now broadened to encompass work across the intersecting areas of performance studies, queer studies, and modern and contemporary visual culture. Much of this work involves rethinking the value of objects, events and knowledges deemed unworthy by so-called serious discourses of criticism and scholarship, in order to pay heed to alternative economies of cultural engagement and pleasure. His book on gossip and homosexuality in US art, Between You and Me: Queer Disclosures in the New York Art World 1948-1963, was published by Duke University Press in 2005. He is also editor of After Criticism: New Responses to Art and Performance (Blackwell 2004). Currently he is working on a new book project exploring the production of 'trash publics' in queer/feminist art and performance, including consideration of the work of David Hoyle, Oreet Ashery, Mel Brimfield, Bird La Bird, Andy Warhol, and others. He has published widely in books and journals. He has also lectured internationally, and organised scholarly fora and creative events, at numerous academic and public institutions including Frieze Art Fair, the Louvre, Arts Council, AICA, Vienna Festival, InIVA, HAU Theatres, Berlin, New York University, and the Venice Biennale. At Goldsmiths he is also Programme Leader of the MPhil / PhD in Visual Cultures.

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