Artistic Research Forum
London, U.K.

Critical Symposium is an artistic research forum that convenes once a month virtually to engage in critical discourse with multidisciplinary artists and creative practitioners from around the globe within the premise of critical, responsive and research-based art practices to locate practice with research and to foster interdisciplinary knowledge, collaboration and exchange.︎︎︎

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Our second Critical Symposium, entitled Politics and Poetics of Care︎︎︎ considered the defining and blurring of boundaries in relation to these two terms. Does our current political attitude to care negate the poetic or can the poetic cause a shift in the political? We considered care when enacted as part of a paid or unpaid ‘job’, care as something we might enact and consume: a cyclical symbiotic interaction. We spoke too, on the categorisation of the bodies that have care bestowed upon them and those that are left without it and finally, care in the aftermath of trauma: how it might heal, bring anew and make space for growth....(read more)︎︎︎

- Text by Alice Harry

24 February 2024
13:00 - 14:30 GMT
CS4: Temporal Planes (upcoming session)︎︎︎
Hazel Yizhuo Jiao,
Lauric Mahé-Stephenson, Eileen White

30 September 2023 
13:00 - 15:00 BST
CS3: Haptic Tendencies︎︎︎
Carolina Estrada, Najah Rizvi, Ran Zhou, Laura Selby

19 August 2023
10:00 - 12:00 BST
CS2: Politics & Poetics of Care︎︎︎

Alice Harry, Deb Fitch-Daniels, Mujtaba Asif, Julie Heaton

30 July 2023
11:00 - 12:30 BST
CS1: Choreographic Practices + Recap of RCA2023 Degree Show at Truman Brewery (13-16 July 2023)︎︎︎
Mujtaba Asif, Junshu Gu, Tony Jacob, Priysha Rajvanshi, Laura Selby, Ran Zhou

CS2: Politics & Poetics of Care
19 August 2023
10:00 - 12:00 BST
Session Recording︎︎︎

Forum Synopsis:
Care as a thought, act or offer is usually rendered to vulnerable and incapable bodies. Building on this, can Care be expanded to understand ways in which systems that produce such classification and differentiation continue to operate, perpetuate, sustain, control, produce and disseminate knowledges of bodies and non-bodies? What stake does Care hold to be reimagined beyond the political to the poetical, to ideas of tenderness and nurture?

The second edition of Critical Symposium 2: Politics and Poetics of Care initiates a reexamination into understanding what Care is; who is it for? who offers it? who operates it? what are its implications? Join us for this session that delves into the political and poetical redefinitions of Care as a practice, thought, act, mediation and meditation.


Alice Harry: Artist and writer from Liverpool, living in London, dreaming of the South of France. Alice Harry works across performance, installation and audio with a focus on text and writing to explore both the possibilities and restrictions embedded within manifestations of language. In championing the potential of the disjointed, choral, colloquial and multi-plural approach to reading and speaking, she/they lean in and out of various voices as a deliberately queer act of resistance. Alice holds an MA in Contemporary Art Practice from the Royal College of Art. Instagram / Website / RCA2023

Deb Fitch-Daniels: Deb Fitch-Daniels had studied her BA at University of East London and recently completed an MA in Contemporary Art Practice at the Royal College of Art. Motivated throughout her studies by themes of care and mindful spaces has created a practice featuring visuals of batteries, bleach, and other everyday hazards. Primarily working through installation and sculpture, Fitch-Daniels draws from her own pivotal experience with obsessive compulsive disorder and merges these experiences with ideas on caring communities. Fitch-Daniels has most recently shown work at the Gibberd Gallery and at the RCA2023 graduate show and has hosted a workshop at the University of Westminster. Instagram / Website / RCA2023

Mujtaba Asif: Dedicated to delving into the depths of human suffering and the profound impact of war and conflict, Mujtaba Asif’s practice centres around an unwavering commitment to the pursuit and realization of human rights on a global scale. Text, as a widely encountered visual element and a medium of personal expression, serves as a fundamental pillar in his creative process. Drawing inspiration from his own experiences as a poet, Asif harness the power of language to convey narratives that resonate with profound emotion. Mujtaba Asif holds a MA in Contemporary Art Practice from the Royal College of Art, London and a BA in Fine Arts from the Department of Visual Studies at the University of Karachi, Pakistan. Instagram / Website / RCA2023

Julie Heaton: Julie is a Bristol-based artist using art to investigate complex emotions. In the artist’s own words, ‘Traumatic loss is devastating and eludes all possibility of representation. It is by definition, unspeakable. Painful memories distort, fragment and bury themselves deep in the brain and lie there waiting to raise their head at any inopportune moment. The body readies itself for fight or flight, the survivor learns to camouflage how they feel so as not to upset others, and left unmanaged, the sadness will take over your life. Talking about what happened is sacrament to giving suffering a voice, and the outcome uncertain, but it must be done if the survivor is going to emerge from the milieu of darkness. Julie holds an MA in Textiles from the Royal College of Art, London. Instagram / Website / RCA2023