Kursaal as Heterotopia: Plans for the second Club Critical Theory event are already afoot…

UPDATE UPDATE – We are probably moving this second event into June. More to follow…

The Cultural Engine Research Group (club critical theory)

Kursaal as Heterotopia

Just as we approach our first CCT event on the 17th April, plans for the second event are already afoot. We have pencilled in 25th May as a date to talk to the artist and curator Jane Millar about her proposal to curate new artworks that respond to the history and presence of the Kursaal Amusement Park.

Another aim of this project is to exhibit under-represented British cultural movements in contemporary festival installation work, robotics, automata and sideshows. Sounds fascinating.

At this moment we are talking with various theorists about using Foucault’s heterotopia as a way to critically intervene into Jane’s work on the Kursaal. Something along the lines of the amusement park as part of a juxtaposition of alternative spaces along the Essex coastline.

Kursaal

Some advanced reading Of  Other Spaces : Utopias and Heterotopias – MIC H E L FOUCAULT

More soon

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About Virality

Tony D. Sampson is Reader in Digital Culture and Communications at the University of East London. He has a PhD in social-cultural-digital contagion theory from the Sociology Department at the University of Essex. He is a former art student who re-entered higher education in the UK as a mature student in the mid-1990s after a long stint as a gigging musician. His career in education has moved through various disciplines and departments, including a maths and computing faculty, sociology department and school of digital media and design His publications include The Spam Book, coedited with Jussi Parikka (Hampton Press, 2009), Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Neuroculture (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) and Affect and Social Media (Rowman and Littlefield, July 2018). He is organizer and host of the Affect and Social Media conferences in the UK. As a co-founder and co-director of the public engagement initiatives, Club Critical Theory (CCT) and the Cultural Engine Research Group (CERG), Sampson has developed a number of funded research projects and public events that aim to bring impactful critical theories into the community and local political sphere to approach a series of local challenges. These activities have included large conferences co-organized with local authorities looking at a range of policies relating to the revitalization of the Essex costal region, developments in the cultural industries as well as a series of community focused events on food cultures and policy, collaborations with arts groups and informal lectures/workshops in pubs and community centres. Director of the EmotionUX Lab at UEL. He occasionally blogs at: https://viralcontagion.wordpress.com/ Full academic profile: https://www.uel.ac.uk/Staff/s/tony-sampson
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