Previously at the ICA - Events
7 Nov 2012
Looking to re-evaluate the notion of the 'other' in art, Inside the Outside takes a closer look at the tendency in 20th and 21st Century art to exoticise non-traditional, non-western or non-academic creative practice. Speakers include Dr. Leslie Topp - Senior Lecturer in History of Architecture at Birkbeck, University of London, James Brett - founder and director of the Museum of Everything, artist and writer Neal Brown, and Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford - curator, art historian, and Research Associate at the Centre for African Studies at SOAS.
Leslie Topp is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History of Art and Screen Media at Birkbeck, University of London. She is author of Architecture and Truth in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna (Cambridge University Press 2004) and co-editor of Madness, Architecture and the Built Environment (Routledge 2007). In 2009-10, the exhibition Madness and Modernity: Mental Illness and the Visual Arts in Vienna 1900 (curated by Leslie Topp and Gemma Blackshaw) was mounted at Wellcome Collection and travelled to the Wien Museum (Vienna). Leslie is currently completing a book entitled 'Freedom and the Cage: Modern Architecture and Psychiatry in Central Europe, 1890-1914', in which she explores the paradox of an architecture that created controlled spaces in which people defined as mentally ill could experience freedom.
James Brett is the founder of The Museum of Everything , the first and only travelling museum for undiscovered, unintentional and untrained artists from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Since 2009 over 350,000 people have visited its installations in London, Turin and Moscow, including projects at Tate Modern, the Agnelli Museum, Selfridges and Garage Center of Contemporary Culture.
Neal Brown is an artist and writer. He writes a column in Art Review magazine, has written books on Billy Childish and Tracey Emin, and was editor and publisher of Nineteen Raptures, a literary study of addictive compulsivity and obsession. He curated To The Glory of God: New Religious Art at the second Liverpool Biennial.
Dr Gus Casely-Hayford is a curator and art historian. He is the former Executive Director of Arts Strategy for Arts Council England. He was previously director of inIVA (Institute of International Visual Art), a London-based arts organization with a particular emphasis on international practice, which collaborates with partner venues throughout the UK and worldwide. Prior to this he was director of Africa 05, the largest African arts season ever hosted in Britain. He has worked for television and radio and was the presenter of the BBC 'Lost Kingdoms of Africa' series.