In Pursuit of the Real.

Wednesday 28 April 5.45-8pm. Doors open 5.30pm

Venue: Fabrica Gallery – 40 Duke Street Brighton Map:

How do we experience reality? What do we mean by ?the real thing??

How can the original and true nature of an object, event or experience
be maintained?

Using Brian Eno’s 77 Million Paintings as a departure point, Emilia
Telese invites six speakers to explore these, and other questions about
authorship, authenticity and ?the real?, followed by food, drink and chat.

This is a free event but places are limited. To book a place phone 01273
778646 or email

Speaker details:

Emilia Telese is an artist and writer based in Sussex . Born in Italy ,
she graduated from Fine Arts Academy in Florence in 1996. She has
exhibited worldwide since 1994, including in the New Forest Pavilion at
the Venice Biennale (2005), Ars Electronica (Austria), ZKM (Germany),
Chashama (NYC), Centro Cultural Telemar (Rio De Janeiro), Manege (St
Petersburg), Leeds City Gallery, ArtSway(New Forest) and the Freud
Museum (London). Her practice includes interactive and body-responsive
technology, film and live art, installation, literature and public art.
Often site-specific. it deals with conscious engagement, political and
social debate, non-verbal communication and the questioning and
deconstruction of behaviour.

Prof. Mike Land is Emeritus Professor of Neurobiology at the University
of Sussex . His research include studies of human eye movements during
‘real-life’ activities; studies of arthropod optics, physiology and
visual behaviour. He wrote “Animal Eyes” (Oxford Animal Biology Series)
and “Looking and Acting” (Oxford University Press). He is a Fellow of
the Royal Society (1982), recipient of the Frink Medal of the Zoological
Society of London (1994), ALCON Prize for Vision Research (1998), Rank
Prize for Vision Research (1998). Mike Land will talk about the
differences between what we see and what we think we see, how the brain
turns the jerky snapshot of images in the eyes into the smooth detailed
view we are familiar with.

Alistair Gentry is an artist and author of a number of science fiction
works, including the novels Their Heads Are Anonymous (1997), and Monkey
Boys (1999), and the recently published collection of short stories, ”
Uncanny Valley ” (2008). He will talk about his latest performance
lecture project, Magickal Realism. One of its protagonists, Edward
Kelley, was a self-confessed liar and yet his going around saying he was
a liar actually made people more vulnerable to his manipulation rather
than less so. This was also duplicated in Gentry’s relationship with the
audience and participants during the show, telling them not to trust him
or trust the information he would provide, which paradoxically
circumvented their intellectual defences and made them more compliant.

Stig Evans is a painter and conservator fascinated by colour, how we
perceive it, respond to it and represent it, and by its historical and
chemical provenance. During May he is artist animateur at Fabrica where
he will inviting visitors to feed into and respond to his research into
colour and our relationship to it.  Stig will talk about the processes
involved in restoring an artwork and how these ‘interventions’ have an
important impact on our  experience of the authenticity of artworks. He
will discuss the potential problems of conserving time based media and
his own work in relation to these issues.

Dr Nick Collins is a composer, performer and researcher in the field of
computer music, and author of the new book ‘Introduction to Computer
Music’. He lectures at the University of Sussex , running the music
informatics degree programmes. Algorithmic works include ‘Infinite
Length Pieces’, such as ‘Mother Fuga’, a microtonal fugue generator, and
‘Infno’ and ‘Infpop’ for infinite techno and synth-pop creation. He
co-edited the recent Contemporary Music Review issue on generative
music, and will speak here on relating the wider history of algorithmic
music to specific manifestations.

Ted Polhemus is a US born anthropologist and social tribal behaviour
expert; one of the world’s foremost expert “trend spotters” in fashion
theory, he is the author of numerous books on body language, style and
expression through appearance including Streetstyle (Thames & Hudson)
The Customised Body (Serpent?s Tail) and The Body as a Medium of
Expression (Dutton). His work focuses on fashion and anti-fashion,
identity, and the sociology of style and of the body. Ted Polhemus will
talk about his “supermarket of style” theory and the truthful and
untruthful messages people transmit about themselves through the way
they appear.

Dr Martine Rouleau is a freelance curator whose research and practice
interests pertain to the negotiation of the boundaries of public art
institutions and their repercussions on the production and the reception
of art. She has initiated and led public programming seasons at the ICA
and at Tate Modern, most recently the Experiences of the Dark series of
performative events in Miroslaw Balka’s How It Is installation. She
lectures in the Fine Arts department of Goldsmiths College and at the
Arts Policy and Management MA of Birkbeck College. She obtained a PhD
from the London Consortium for which she was awarded the Tate-Consortium
Fellowship in 2009. Martine Rouleau will talk about artists who subvert
the signs that we usually rely on to determine the authenticity of art.

David Southwell is a journalist who investigates conspiracy theories and
is the author of a number of best-selling books on conspiracy theories
and organized crime. In 2003, in a front page story in The Sunday Times,
Southwell, then a spokesman for the BRC, mentioned that MI5 was
co-ordinating with the business community with regard to potential
terrorism. Many people in the conspiracy community believed that this
was confirmation that he was allied with Secret Intelligence Service
agents and may have been publishing disinformation on behalf of the
British security services in his conspiracy books. Southwell later
reported in his own books that he had liaised with MI5 on anti-terrorism
issues and with the UK Government’s emergency planning Cabinet Committee
COBRA. David Southwell will talk about the role of truth and media in
the dissemination of information.

Emilia Telese
artist, writer, broadcaster
Regional Council Member, Arts Council England, South East
Artsway Associate Artist
Artists’ Networks Coordinator, a-n The Artists’ Information Company
SKYPE: emi_telese
Follow me on Twitter!


Agora – public art commission at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton –
Autumn 2010

Emilia Telese is represented by Artsway Gallery – New Forest

Artsway Associates is funded by The Leverhulme Trust and Arts Council

Emilia Telese is an artist interested in conscious engagement



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