Tetley Talks 2016: From Being Cultured to Pop Culture
Leeds Salon hosts its third series of talks in partnership with The Tetley
From Benig Cultured to Pop Culture takes place in the Ground Floor Gallery of The Tetley over the afternoons of Saturday 19th & 26th November.
Doors open 3:45pm - for a 4pm start - to 5:30pm. After each talk we’ll retire to The Tetley bar area for a drink and to chat more informally.
Admission: £4 (cash only) to pay on the day, but please reserve your place by e-mailing us at email@example.com.
Is Art Good For You?
Saturday 19 November
Today culture is everywhere as maybe never before. We read culture reviews, watch culture shows, and live in Cities of Culture. Government, museums and arts councils worry that we are not getting enough culture and shape policy around notions of art and culture for all. All believe the arts can be good for us: represent some kind of tonic against parochialism, discrimination and prejudice. Just get enough of the arts, they argue, and we can all be better citizens and live longer, happier, lives.
But are we burdening culture and the arts with too much: are they really good for us? Can the arts have such magical effects on audiences that may have nothing in common? Do some forms of art produce these effects more reliably than others? Are some arts, in other words, better than other arts? Is there still room for aesthetic judgements or just impact statements?
Reading: Matthew Arnold's Error: The State is Bad for Culture, Angus Kennedy, Spiked, April 2014.
Pop Culture and the Erosion of Adulthood
Saturday 26 November
The elevation of a childlike sensibility was once a peculiarity of the hippies but, since the 1990s, both politics and pop culture have been dominated by the twin motifs of the victim and the child. In fact, the virtues of vulnerability, even of madness and disability, the cults of ‘the freak’, the ‘beautiful loser’ and the ‘damaged’, have all won popular approval.
Andrew Calcutt will trace the history of these motifs back to their origins in the counterculture of the 1950s and 1960s. He will argue that the counterculture, far from being liberating, has provided a ready-made verbal and visual language for today's victim culture, and the authoritarian politics arising from it.
Speaker: Andrew Calcutt is the author of Arrested Development: Pop Culture and the Erosion of Adulthood. See biography here.
Reading: Senile Delinquents, review of Arrested Development by Michael Fitzpatrick, LM, June 1998.
The Tetley is a centre for contemporary art and learning, located in the former headquarters of the world-famous Tetley Brewery on Hunslet Road. Visit their website at: www.thetetley.org/