PLEASURE CENTRE 2013
THE PLEASURE CENTRE LAUNCH AIMS TO EXTEND AND CONSOLIDATE THE FINE ART PRACTICES RESEARCH THEME CREATING NEW MULTI-STRANDED, CROSS-DISCIPLINARY WORKING RELATIONSHIPS AND BUILDING UPON ITS ARTISTIC, CULTURAL, PHILOSOPHICAL, POLITICAL, MEDICAL, AND CREATIVE RELEVANCE.
The background to this project builds upon previous pleasure research at DMU over the past ten years and continues to challenge the philosophical and historical understanding of the relevance of pleasure through the work of Deleuze, Serres, Nietzsche, Freud and Lacan.
During 2012/13 the Fine Art Practices research group worked closely with the curators of the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery (Hugo Worthy), 2 Queens (Dan Kelly), The Great Central (Eric Rosoman) and Phoenix (Christ Tyrer) to co-curate four exhibitions to coincide with the second pleasure symposium and the formal launch of Pleasure Centre . This development has been funded by the Revolving Investment Fund (RIF) from De Montfort University.
For the Pleasure Centre exhibitions four significant newly commissioned art works will be shown by artists: Ben Cain, Sion Parkinson, Hannah Perry and Daniel Swan. Additionally existing artworks have been loaned from international artists: Phil Allen, Elizabeth S. Clark, Stuart Croft, Sarah Jones, Ursula Mayer, Max Mosscrop, Michael Robinson, Angus Saunders-Dunnachie and Edward Thomasson.
The Pleasure Centre exhibition at New Walk Museum focuses on historical artworks from the New Walk Museum archives and the Fluxus and Concrete Poetry Art Collections at De Montfort University.
Between 1995 and 2001 the late Professor of English and Cultural Studies Nicholas Zurbrugg (De Montfort University) commissioned and collected historically significant artworks from the Fluxus and Concrete Poetry genre, some of which were generously donated by Francesco Conz (reknown art dealer and publisher of Fluxart). For this innovative project international artists were also invited to work closely with master printer Kevin Holdaway at DeMontfort University in order to realize and edition their artworks.
Zurbrugg considered this process to be a cross faculty interdisciplinary initiative drawing together colleagues from art, literature, cultural theory, media, film, dance, music and theatre, and focusing on experimental work in these specialist fields.
For more information on the DMU collections, please contact:
Kate Slovak, Art Collections Co-ordinator, De Montfort University
Historical artworks shown at the New Walk Museum are by: Peter Blake, Henri Chopin, Eric Heckel, Joe Tilson, Brigit Riley, Edwin Morgan, Eugen Gomringer, Dick Higgins, Robert Lax, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Paul Neagu and Emmett Williams.