Global Futures Forum 2013


10 Year on... Global Futures Forum 2013

Global Futures Forum 2013 – please click for event poster

This 7 – 8 June 2013 The Mosaic Rooms in London will be the venue for:

10 Years On: Art and Everyday Life in Iraq and Iran

This Global Futures Annual Forum 2013 is hosted by Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media (Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton) in association with Ibraaz (

The two-day public forum will open wide discussions about society, culture and everyday life in Iraq and Iran.  For decades, the Western media have shown these countries as threats to global peace.  This event brings together specialists and professionals in mass media, the visual and performing arts, cultural and social studies and history to examine Western representations of Iraq and Iran.  But, more importantly, this forum offers diverse alternative accounts of real life in Iraq and Iran today.

Ten years on from the invasion of Iraq led by the US and the UK, and in the continuing context of the apparent direct threat posed both from and aimed at Iran, this timely gathering focuses on these countries and the broader regional context in four related and under-examined areas:

  • Everyday culture and ways of life
  • Women, power and a changing social order
  • Media accounts generated within and without Iraq and Iran
  • Contemporary art and design in the region

Event speakers, along with media including film, fine arts and design, will contribute to a vital and creative debate touching on the related significance of ‘the Arab Spring,’ multiple performances and mediations of politics and identities, the changing status of men and women in these societies in political and cultural crisis, the places of contemporary art and everyday life, as well as the peoples originally from Iraq and Iran now living in, or between, Britain and the Middle East.

In the process, it will take up a politics and an economics of representation: who gets to represent whom? Who gets to represent themselves? Whose representations count, have currency, are circulated, and validated as knowledge?

The meeting over two days includes invited speakers, roundtable discussions and sections for short papers on the four topics outlined above. Allotted discussion time will enable considerable interactive involvement from audiences throughout the event.

For further information, please contact Dr Victoria Walters at

For the Call for Papers, please see:

More information about the programme of speakers and events, please check that same webpage and this blog which will be updated as appropriate.


Soon to be updated…

Well, it’s been a very eventful year! Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media (aka Global Futures) has enjoyed dozens of stimulating lectures and seminars from practitioners in numerous fields, together with hosting the Art, Criticism and the Forces of Globalisation Conference (10 – 14 September 2012).

There have been many conferences and events in which Global Futures have played major roles during the March – March 2012 – 2013 period. Information and specifics on all of these completed projects – and on those forthcoming – will make their way onto this blog and our website too soon.

Lawrence Grossberg visiting talk

All welcome!

28 March | Winchester School of Art Graphics building, Seminar rooms 8-9 | 4pm

Lawrence Grossberg
Is there a place for intellectuals in the new radicalism?
In recent essays, some notable left intellectuals (e.g., Latour, Ranciere, Hardt) have questioned the value of critique. They seem to suggest that political acts of insurrection and experimentation displace the necessity for both analyses that might discover what’s going on and various projects of education. Professor Grossberg does three things:  first, to engage with the logics of this internecine war; second, to place it into a genealogy of 20th century, anti-capitalist intellectual formations; and third, to put forth cultural studies as a unique formation that offers a vision of countercultural, counter-hegemonic politics.

Lawrence Grossberg is Morris Davis Distinguished Professor of Communication and Cultural Studies & Director of the Programme in Cultural Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kathy Battista talk: “The Legacy of Feminist Performance Art “

Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media presents:

Global Speakers Series

Dr Kathy Battista of Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York

22 March 2012 @ 4pm in Lecture Theatre A

The Legacy of Feminist Performance Art
The legacy of 1970s feminist performance art has informed a new generation of artists including Kate Gilmore, Agathe Snow, Liz Magic Laser, and K8 Hardy. Their work investigates ongoing issues around gender, sexuality and identity, but is equally concerned with issues including the mediation of global news events, economic and class struggle, as well as domestic and foreign politics.

Kathy Battista will discuss how the practice of these feminist performance artists has evolved to acknowledge a new agenda including the relationship with mainstream institutions and the art market. Radical practitioners from the 1970s, including Kate Walker, Jo Spence and the Hackney Flashers, Linder, and Carolee Schneemann will feature prominently in the talk as examples of the legacy of feminism in mainstream art system. Dr Battista will also look at how museums, galleries, the art market, academia have adapted to globalization, transformative and event-based work.
Dr Battista asks: is ‘performance art’ still a viable term for the vast array of activities it incorporates? Just as ‘feminism’ is an ideology that encompasses several political stances, ‘performance’ may be considered a fluid and shifting term.

Kathy Battista is Director of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York and Associate Senior Research Fellow at the Global Centre for Research in Art and Design at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. She is author of the forthcoming Re-negotiating the Body: Feminist Artists in 1970s London (IB Tauris, 2012) and New York NewWave (IB Tauris 2013). She has authored many other books, chapters and articles in world renowned journals and exhibition catalogues, and has taught at institutes worldwide. She received her PhD and was a Postdoctoral Fellow of The London Consortium, University of London and her MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Kathy is currently co-curating the Sweethearts: Creative Couples exhibition at the Pippy Houldswoth Gallery in London. This exhibition brings together and fuses the work of some of the world’s most important artist couples. Using their individual respective practices – artist, designer, or architect – each couple collaborated on a unique and significant work made especially for the exhibition, each piece being jointly negotiated, conceptualized and created. The resulting work – photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, or video – examines the condition of working together, the quiet influence that one partner may have exerted upon the other, and the cross fertilization of ideas and techniques that may have crept into each other’s practice.


21 March – 21 April 2012

Sue Arrowsmith + Ian Davenport

Kelly Barrie + Sherin Guirguis

Ray Barrie + Mary Kelly

Sam Durant + Ana Prvacki

Antony Gormley + Vicken Parsons

Dan Graham + Mieko Meguro

Georgie Hopton + Gary Hume

Rem Koolhaas + Madelon Vriesendorp

Rosa Loy + Neo Rauch

Richard Wentworth + Jane Wentworth

Pippy Houldsworth Gallery

6 Heddon Street

London W1B 4BT

Copyright, politics and the creative economy – a lecture by Ian Hargreaves

The Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media at Winchester School of Art proudly presents:

A public lecture by Professor Ian Hargreaves entitled Copyright, politics and the creative economy – Monday 12 March, 5pm, Lecture Theatre A. Please circulate widely among colleagues, members of staff and/or postgraduate students. Everyone is welcome.

Ian Hargreaves
Professor of Digital Economy at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
Founding board member of OfCom
Chair of Review Commission of the Intellectual property Framework
Member of the Leveson Inquiry

Ian Hargreaves will talk about the Review Commission of the Intellectual Property Framework on which he worked in 2010 and 2011. The resulting report ‘Digital Opportunity: A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth’ was published in May 2011. He will consider the responses to the review, the state of play now, eight months after the publication, and how the report bears upon the outlook for the creative industries and the creative economy.

Updates from the WRC

This is the blog of the Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media – bringing you updates, information, and related information about our activities, and the research of our members! You can find the official webpages of the Centre here, but still, as a reminder our mission statement:

The Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design and Media highlights historical, contemporary and future roles for art, design and media within globalization. Its members build sustained collaborations with international partners in public service, the creative industries and civil society. Critically concerned with art and design practices of making, thinking and representation, the Winchester Centre actively engages in education and enterprise, exploring the contribution of media, materials and technologies to the improvement of human societies globally.

Led by professors Jonathan Harris, Sean Cubitt, and Ryan Bishop, the Winchester Centre will make a decisive contribution to the work of the School and the University in future years. 

The Winchester Centre undertakes research. This means a prolonged, demanding interrogation of materials, practices and ideas undertaken rigorously and carefully, and presenting the results for public scrutiny.

As is the case with all research, some of our work is extremely specialised, some is undertaken at the blue-skies level of open-ended and unconstrained brainstorming, and some is undertaken to solve specific problems or to meet specific needs. The variety of these activities is an important aspect of the research environment. A core concern is the relevance of our work for professionals, creators and the public. We engage in partnerships and in public discussion to maximise both the impact of our research, and the quality and relevance of the work we do.