Double Book Launch Event

We celebrated the launch of two new books written by Art Theory and Practice staff on Monday 9th November. Head of Art and Associate Dean of the Art School, Penny Macbeth, welcomed guests to the event and introduced both authors Rosemary Shirley and Simon Faulkner.

Rosemary Shirley, Rural Modernity, Everyday Life and Visual Culture,
Ashgate Publishing, 2015

Simon Faulkner & David Reeb, Between States, Black Dog Publishing,
2015

Rosemary and Simon both presented a short synopsis of their research, and an insight into their newly published books.

Rosemary Shirley, Rural Modernity, Everyday Life and Visual Culture,
Ashgate Publishing, 2015
Through the lens of the everyday, this book explores ‘the countryside’ as an inhabited and practised realm with lived rhythms and routines. It relocates the topography of everyday life from its habitually
urban focus, out into the English countryside. The rural is often portrayed as existing outside of modernity, or as its passive victim. Here, the rural is recast as an active and complex site of modernity, a shift which contributes alternative ways of thinking the rural and a new perspective on the everyday.
You can purchase this book here.

Simon Faulkner & David Reeb, Between States, Black Dog Publishing,
2015
Between States addresses relationships between aesthetics and politics through the exploration of different locations and political conditions. The book focuses on the complex geography of Israel/Palestine, where borders and the nature of political statehood remain unresolved. The title ‘Between States’ refers to the unfinished political nature of this area, while also describing the condition of in-between-ness defined by the book itself as it shifts from artistic concerns to more
explicitly political subjects.
Between States can be purchased here.

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