SIN PODIUM call for proposals (closed)



The artist’s talk or symposium paper has its process of preparation. But commonly, the presented material masks the nature of the preparatory work. The writer-artist-presenter engages with diverse modes of production, composition and disruption: editing and erasure; improvisation and projection; rehearsal, both vocal and sub-vocal; encounters of text and image. But these methods are often devalued or disavowed in the adoption of more formal procedures associated with the event of speaking in public.

The recent history of visual arts practice, with its fusion of performance and residual object-based work, its increasing assimilation of varieties of writing, and its interrogation of the relationship between image and text, suggests that contemporary artists and art researchers are well placed to critically explore the habits of public presentation. SIN PODIUM will bring together presentations that, in various ways, look at the production of writing in its relation to spoken presentation, engaging in an interrogation of the concept of the speaker’s platform in all its diversity. The event will focus on those rarely acknowledged practices, both material and immaterial, which underlie the presentation of writing.

SIN PODIUM seeks proposals from current PhD candidates, for contributions taking issue with established forms of writing and presentation, whether such forms are sourced from the world of art, criticism, philosophy, theory, literature or academic research. Contributions might include those that:

  • constitute practical experiments in editing, are edited live, or use editing to generate forms of feedback
  • expose process as presentation and vice versa
  • exploit unpreparedness
  • blindside the artist’s talk
  • employ collaborative writing / speaking
  • propose a level of site-specificity
  • explore new delivery systems for written material, new modes of capture for the voice
  • question the relationships between oral and textual processes
  • take issue with any of the above

Sin Podium will take place at The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL), University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5EX.

Proposals for Sin Podium contributions no longer than 20-minutes should be made on one side of A4, and should be sent by email to Sin Podium, or by post to: Sin Podium, The University of Reading Department of Fine Art, School of Arts & Communication Design, 1 Earley Gate, Whiteknights Road, Reading, GR6 6AT

Deadline for proposals is Friday 3rd April 2009.


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