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susan pui san lok

Jon Bird

Clare Barry

Alison Manley

Marianne Markowski

Harry Willis-Fleming



Practice Research Symposium

10am-6pm, Friday 14 June 2013

Middlesex University, Hendon, Grove Building G229


This one-day practice research symposium sets out to explore the many articulations, explorations and manifestations of ‘liquidity’ in contemporary visual and material culture, history and theory. The event offers a unique opportunity for practitioners, researchers and scholars working across different fields to engage with any topic related to ‘liquidity’ broadly conceived. 

With keynote and plenary presentations from Dr Uriel Orlow (artist and Senior Research Fellow, University of Westminster) and Dr Mark Davis (Founder and Director of the Bauman Institute, University of Leeds). Sessions will be chaired by Professors Jon Bird (School of Art & Design, Middlesex) Susan Melrose and Vida Midgelow (School of Media & Performing Arts, Middlesex). Speakers include Dr Anna Dezeuze (Marseilles), Dr Luis-Manuel Garcia (Berlin), Dr Lilian Haberer (Cologne), Helen Hester (Middlesex), Roman Kirschner/Marcel Finke (Vienna), Professor Julie Mcleod/Elizabeth Lomas (Northumbria), Dr Kassandra Nakas (Berlin), Dr Lucia Vodanovic (Middlesex), and Dr Simon Weaver (Brunel).

Liquid modern life is a daily rehearsal of universal transience. Today’s useful and indispensable objects, with few and possibly no exceptions, are tomorrow’s waste. Everything is disposable, nothing is truly necessary, nothing is irreplaceable. Everything is born engraved with the brand of death. Everything is offered with a use-by date attached. All things, born or made, human or not, are until further notice dispensable. Paraphrasing an old and famous statement, I would say that a spectre hovers over the liquid modern world, over its denizens and all their labours and creations; and that is the spectre of redundancy.

Zymunt Bauman, ‘Liquid Arts’, in Theory, Culture and Society, 2007, v.24(1): 117-126









Uriel Orlow The Future is History / History is the Future (2012) Neon, dimensions variable





Dr Uriel Orlow University of Westminster, London
Liquid Times, Porous Spaces, Gaseous Perception


Dr Kassandra Nakas Institut für Kunstwissenschaft und Ästhetik, Universität der Künste Berlin
Liquid Thoughts and Liquid Bodies

Dr Anna Dezeuze Ecole Supérieure d’Art et de Design Marseille-Méditerranée
Liquid or Fluid? On Dematerialised Art & Capital Flows Since the 1950s

Dr Lucia Vodanovic Middlesex University London
Building from Obsolescence: Architecture, Value and Exchange

Professor Julie McLeod & Elizabeth Lomas Northumbria University
The Liquid Record in a Digital Age

12.40 LUNCH


Dr Lilian Haberer University of Cologne
Leap into Liquidity – Volatile Time and Place in Sebastian Stumpf’s Bridges

Roman Kirschner & Marcel Finke University of Applied Arts Vienna
Liquid Things: Practice-based Research on Transitive Materials and New Materialisms

Paula Varanda Middlesex University London
Dance Performance in Cyberspace: Anxieties of Dissolution in the Free World of Hybrid Art

Steve Fossey Middlesex University London
Liquid Subjects, Liquid Place – The Fluid State of Social Space

15.15 BREAK


Dr Luis-Manuel Garcia Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
Liquidarity: Fluid Solidarities in Nightlife Scenes

Helen Hester Middlesex University, Mauritius
Screening Sensation: On Pornography and Liquidity

Dr Simon Weaver Brunel University, London
Strangers, ‘Others’ and the Unstable Metaphors of Race Representation in Liquid Modernity: The Case of the Gypsy Weddings


Dr Mark Davis Baumann Institute, University of Leeds
The Art of Liquid Sociology



Organised by susan pui san lok, with thanks to Clare Barry, Alison Manley, Marianne Markowski, and Harry Willis-Fleming. Supported by ADRI, the Art and Design Research Institute at Middlesex University.