Repeat. Don’t stop.

MA Art in the Contemporary World, Public Research Seminar
Fri 28th November, 2-4pm, Harry Clark Lecture Theatre, NCAD

The critic John Kelsey argues that many of today’s most significant artists take “repetition as their starting point, and don’t stop.” In this way, the truly ‘contemporary’ artist, Kelsey says, “produces production itself” and”no longer pretends to invent a new language, but instead confronts us with the potential we all share to disrupt both the directionality and the tempo of readymade codes.”

In this MA Art in the Contemporary World public seminar, MA participants and invited guests will consider ways to critically engage with current forms of artistic repetition and reproduction, considering how ideas and processes explored in the Pull Bite Rally exhibition relate to the broader contexts of twenty-first century art.

The discussion will begin from 3 key readings: John Kelsey, ‘Decapitalism’; David Joselit, ‘After Art’ (excerpt); Pamela M Lee, ‘Forgetting the Art World’ (excerpt.) It will be assumed that all participants have read these.

NB: Places are limited and on first-come first served basis. Email the seminar leaders to confirm attendance and to get copies of the readings:
Francis Halsall:; Declan Long: