5-6:30pm Fri 7 June
At The Library Project
If you have booked a place on Open Source Research Methods with Lewis Bush, this event is included in the booking.
This talk is aimed photographers, visual artists, and researchers of all levels.
This talk will be an introduction to Lewis Bush's work as a photographer and the working methods he used. In it Bush will discuss his interest in power as a subject, the challenges of exploring it, and the methods he has used to do it. Bush will discuss three of his projects in the course of the talk; Metropole which documented the transformation of London by property developers, Shadows of the State which uncovers the hidden landscape of intelligence gathering, and Wv.B which reveals the dark origins of space exploration.
Lewis Bush works across media and platforms to visualise forms of contemporary power. Born in London, he studied history, worked as a researcher for the United Nations, and then studied documentary photography before starting to develop his own projects from 2012.
His works explore different forms of contemporary power and in particular is concerned with the ways that they interact. These have included projects on the destructive impact of property speculation and redevelopment on his home city of London, to the systemic inequalities of the art world. Recent projects include Shadows of the State, which examines the democratic deficit of intelligence gathering, and Trading Zones which focuses on offshore finance. Bush’s projects have been shortlisted for commendations including the Tim Hetherington Visionary Award 2017, the Luma Rencontres d’Arles Dummy Book Award 2018, 2016 and 2015, the Photo España book award 2016, and the Bar Tur Photobook Award 2015 and 2014.
Bush has written extensively on photography for a range of print and web titles and between 2011 and 2016 he ran Disphotic, a blog on photography and visual culture. He has curated numerous exhibitions including Media & Myth (Format Festival, 2015), Very Now (London College of Communication, 2016), and It’s Gonna be Great (Copeland Gallery, 2017). Bush is lecturer on the MA and BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography courses at London College of Communication, and a visiting tutor at other institutions.
The Critical Academy offers a growing series of seminars around key aspects of contemporary Arts practice aimed at developing and strengthening key skills and mindsets, taught in participatory environments with clear and focused aims.
The Critical Academy opens up a new radical space to learn, research and examine contemporary art practices around Photography and their contexts, as much as the arts management and cultural policy that affect them.
The seminars look at very specific skills that are commonly considered secondary in the teaching of artistic practices, mostly focused on methodologies and theory. We consider these skills not complementary but fundamental for a sustainable practice and a wholesome life, and they contribute to a continuous self-development.
These relate to essential aspects and core values of a stable Arts practice, from daily administration routines, to competence in resolving grant aid paperwork, and understanding the importance of applied self-discipline; others refer to entrepreneurial matters, acknowledging both the artist’s output and the artist’s needs.