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Michael Twaits. Photograph Rosie Bolan

The Contemporary Body

9 Mar 2013

Through panel discussions, conversations, presentations and screenings, this one-day symposium explores the notion of ‘the contemporary body’ and what it means in present-day culture from a range of perspectives, including how fashion and media impact on self-perception, the psychology of body image, gender and sexuality, and the body's role in contemporary art and film. In a society replete with images of ‘size-zero’ obsessed celebrities and fad diets; in a city reeling from Olympic hangover; and in light of the current exhibition of photographer Juergen Teller, this symposium will provide an opportune moment to address this prolific and often controversial topic.

Multi-buy day ticket for all events: £25 / £20 Concessions / £12 ICA Members

11am to 5.15pm - The Contemporary Body Symposium
£12 / £10 Concessions / £8 ICA Members (£5 Student Members)

11am - Eva Wiseman introduction
Eva Wiseman is a writer and journalist. She studied to be an artist, before writing for The Face, NME, and The Guardian. She joined The Observer in 2008, where she is a commissioning editor and a columnist in Observer Magazine.

11.30am – Sally O’Reilly
O’Reilly will give a presentation on the numerous ways in which the body is used in contemporary art, from aesthetic to political, showing different artworks and relating their ideological position.

Sally O’Reilly is a writer, critic, teacher, editor and events organiser. She is the author of The Body in Contemporary Art.

12pm - Discussion: Dr Phillippa Diedrichs, Professor Sarah Niblock and Mark Simpson
This discussion focuses on fashion and media’s influence on contemporary body-image.

Dr Phillippa Diedrichs is a Senior Research Fellow and health psychology researcher at UWE’s internationally renowned Centre for Appearance Research.

Professor Sarah Niblock is a journalist and author whose scholarly research covers the intra/interdisciplinary discourses associated with journalism studies, media and cultural studies, visual culture and communication technologies.

Mark Simpson is a journalist, writer, and broadcaster specialising in popular culture, media, and masculinity. He has written for numerous publications, including The Times, The Guardian,, Arena Homme +, GQ Style, Vogues Hommes International, and The Independent on Sunday.

1pm - Lunch

2pm - Katrin Eismann and Lisa Blackman
Katrin Eismann will be in conversation with Lisa Blackman to discuss the effects of the proliferation of Photoshop and image retouching.

Katrin Eismann is an internationally respected artist, teacher, and author specializing in creative digital photography and the impact of emerging technologies upon professional photographers, artists, and educators. She has contributed to Photoshop’s development as an Alpha tester, and has become one of the most respected sources of Photoshop information in the industry today.

Lisa Blackman is a Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths. Blackman works at the intersection of body studies and media and cultural theory and is particularly interested in subjectivity, affect, the body and embodiment. She has published four books in this area. The most recent is Immaterial Bodies: Affect, Embodiment, Mediation.

3pm – Dr Phillippa Diedrichs in conversation with Susan Ringwood
This in conversation will explore the psychology of body image and self-perception.

Dr Phillippa Diedrichs is a Senior Research Fellow and health psychology researcher at UWE’s internationally renowned Centre for Appearance Research.

Susan Ringwood is chief executive of Beat - the UK's National Charity for people affected by eating disorders.

4pm – Break

4.15pm – Mr. Fazel Fatah
Fazel Fatah’s presentation will focus on the perception of body image and the effect it has on people who seek cosmetic surgery, the psychology of self-consciousness and how the problem with body-image makes patients vulnerable and open to commercial exploitation.

Fazel Fatah is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at The Westbourne Centre, Birmingham, with a special interest in breast and body contouring surgery, lipomodelling with fat graft and facial aesthetic surgery. He is the President of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), has published widely in peer reviewed international plastic surgery journals and has played a leading national role in postgraduate plastic surgery education.

4.45pm – Michael Twaits
Michael Twaits is a performance artist, actor and writer. His work focuses on combining live art, cabaret and theatre. He has created a body of performance art/multi-media work which includes Confessions of a Dancewhore, Icons and The One You Love. As a cabaret act he's performed at The Royal Festival Hall, National Film Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Hall and The Lowry as well as vibrant fringe venues The Oval House and Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

5.15pm – End of symposium

Please note that the exact schedule of the symposium may be subject to change

7.15pm - The Contemporary Body: Eddie Peake talk and screening
£5 / Free to Members
London-based artist Eddie Peake will present and screen his recent performances.

Eddie Peake's exhibition ‘Adjective Machine Gun’ is currently on view at White Cube, Bermondsey, and his next solo solo will open at Focal Point Gallery, Southend, UK in April. Peake has had previous solo shows at Galleria Lorcan O’Neill, Rome and Mihai Nicodim, Los Angeles, as well as at Cell Project Space, Christopher Crescent, Southard Reid and Parade galleries in London. Recent performances include Creating And Collapsing A Drama, Or How It Must Feel To Be An Ill Dog Wearing One Of Those Plastic Head Funnels, David Roberts Art Foundation, London; and Amidst A Sea Of Flailing High Heels And Cooking Utensils, part one at the Tanks, Tate Modern, London and part two at Chisenhale Gallery, London (all 2012).


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