Experimental Geopolitics: Aesthetics, Art and the Iraq War

18Apr2014 10:00

Lecture

Lecture by Alan Ingram (University College London) in the context of the ASCA Workshop Brains, Maps, and Rythms. Knowledge and Experience in (Bio)political Orders.

Abstract Alan Ingram

Experimental geopolitics: aesthetics, art and the Iraq war. How might we establish accounts of the salient geopolitical developments unfolding around us? In this talk I will consider this question with reference to artistic engagements with the 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq. Drawing on a range of conceptual resources and empirical examples, I will discuss art practice as a kind of experimental geopolitics that may register, enact and interfere with geopolitical reality in a variety of ways. Examining relations between geopolitics and aesthetics in works by artists from Iraq, Britain, the United States and beyond, my talk will consider the multiple ways in which geopolitics is experienced and experimented upon through art and the implications of this for practicing geopolitics otherwise.

Alan Ingram

Alan Ingram is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University College London Department of Geography, having previously lectured at the University of Cambridge, where he studied. Dr. Ingram’s book Spaces of Security and Insecurity: Geographies of the War on Terror (2009, co-edited with Klaus Dodds) examines the questions of geopolitical space which also feature prominently in his other writing. A major theme in his writing is the examination of geopolitics as they appear in everyday life and cultural products, and more specifically as they appear in artwork. The embodiment of geopolitics as it is encountered or perceived within installations, performances, and in other media forms a crossroads upon which Dr. Ingram reflects. Besides the practices of contemporary art, Dr. Ingram also has written much about global health in geopolitics, an interest which is rooted in his work outside of academia at a policy research and development program at the Nuffield Trust. Furthermore, his graduate and post-doctoral research explored Russian nationalism in post-Soviet geopolitics.

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