VOCAL: Art and Censorship

27 June 2015, 2PM – 4PM

Performance Space

Join us and contribute to this pertinent debate on freedom of expression.

Who is the voice of artistic censorship – society, or the arts institution?

Can satire in creative work ever go too far? When does critical humour turn offensive and unproductive?

Does censoring an artist contribute to the growing 'safe space' culture, where we are shielded from conflict or offense?

The censorship of art has long been influenced by political and religious concerns and has recently been heavily debated in the media. Using Faiza Butt's exhibition as a backdrop, the discussion will draw from examples such as the recent Charlie Hebdo murders. The panel will discuss the role of society and the arts institution in censoring an artist's work and the challenges inherent to defining the limits, if any, of productive free speech.

Do you think curbing our exposure to potential offensive opinions and work is a necessary act, or projects an unrealistic world view and discourages critical thought?

The debate will be chaired by Manick Govinda, with exhibiting artist Faiza Butt and Theresa Caruana, Research Fellow at University of Nottingham's Mixed Reality Lab and practicing artist.

Age range: 16 +
Admission: FREE

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