26. Jul - 26. Jul 14 / ended Kettle's Yard

£20 (conc. £15) including lunch

9.30am-4pm Department of Engineering, Trumpington Street, Cambridge and 5-7 pm Kettle’s Yard

Conference | Multi-disciplinary | South East

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Art, science and social responsibility in 1960s Britain

A one-day conference exploring the relationships between art, science and society in the 1960s. 50 years on, key figures from this period will join speakers from the fields of art and cultural history, the history and philosophy of science, contemporary art, science, activism and popular culture to revisit one of the most intense periods of intellectual and cultural ferment.
The symposium takes place in the very lecture theatre where, in 1965, Gustav Metzger gave his iconic lecture/demonstration “The Chemical Revolution in Art”.

The programme includes talks on the 1960s art-world and the legacies of 1960s art practice in contemporary art. Discussions on the publications Studio International and Leonardo Journal will explore the interdisciplinary links between art and science in the 1960s. The day will also include a panel discussion on The British Society for Social Responsibility in Science (BSSRS), a ‘radical science’ movement launched in 1969.

Speakers include Alice Bell, Martin Kemp, Roger Malina, Jerry Ravetz, Jasia Reichart, Neal White and Bob Young.

The conference is followed by a drinks reception at Kettle’s Yard & private view of Gustav Metzger: LIFT OFF!

Call 01223 748100 to book


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