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ADRI research seminar: David Crowley
Thursday 8 November, Room CG51, Hendon Campus, Middlesex University

ADRI research seminar with David Crowley (Royal College of Art):

The Art of Cybernetic Communism: Technology and Utopia in Art and Film in the Eastern Bloc in the 1960s

In this talk David Crowley will explore the ways in which technology, and cybernetics in particular, were mythologised by the state and by many artists and filmmakers in Eastern Europe. The revival of science fiction films in the Bloc after 1960 provided, for instance, numerous  stimulating images of the benign potential of technology. Focusing largely on  the Soviet Union, Poland and Czechoslovakia, Crowley will chart the ways in which the so called Scientific-Technological Revolution announced in Moscow 1956 allowed artists – including the Dvizhenie Group in Moscow, Alex Mlynarcik in Czechoslovakia and Krzysztof Wodiczko in Poland - to offer images of the future which rivaled and even contested those offered by the state.

About the presenter:

David Crowley is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and the University of Brighton. He also studied at the Cracow Academy of Art in Poland in the 1980s. He taught at Staffordshire University and the University of Brighton before joining the RCA in 1999. Former Deputy Head of the History of Design programme, he is now Professor and Head of Critical Writing in Art & Design. He also works closely with the students in various design programmes at the College including those in the School of Communications.

David Crowley has a specialist interest in critical and speculative design practices, as well as the operations of the media. He has a specialist interest in the art and design histories of Eastern Europe under communist rule. He writes regularly for the design press and curates exhibitions (most recently Cold War Modern at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2008–9). He has been the recipient of research grants from the British Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. He is a member of the AHRC Peer-review College.

Location: Room CG51, Hendon Campus, Middlesex University London

Time: Thursday 8 November from 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Light refreshments are available.


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