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

CS4: Temporal Planes
24 February 2024
13:00 - 14:30 GMT
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Forum Synopsis: 

Critical Symposium edition 4 convenes on the theme of 'Temporal Planes' on 24th February 2024 with artists Hazel Yizhuo Jiao, Lauric Mahé-Stephenson, and Eileen White. The forum meets online from 13:00 to 14:30 GMT, with each speaker responding to the theme through their practice-research, followed by an informal discourse. The event is open to all for attendance and participation. The Zoom link to join the session is available via the attached booking page or the link in the bio.

Discussions on temporality offer instances to consider the narrative quality of time, the role of subjectivities in the construction of individual and collective consciousness, perception, and discernment. This, in turn, provides an opportunity to (re)consider the hegemony and duration of power and knowledge relations in (dis-)locating the critical existence of beings, non-beings, and things.

Join us for this session as Hazel Yizhuo Jiao creates fictive virtual worlds, Lauric Mahé-Stephenson constructs queer fairy tales, and Eileen White works in the garden.


Hazel Yizhuo Jiao 焦怡茁 (b.2000, Qingdao) is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher based in London. Jiao's practice revolves around the intersection of more-than-human beings and technology. Born out of a sense of incessant mediation and the urgent need to reconnect with nature, Jiao’s work explores the absurdity and alienation of contemporary life within the context of late capitalism and ecological destruction. She graduated from the University of Westminster with First Class Honours in BA Fine Art Mixed Media in 2021, and has been studying for her MA at the Royal College of Art. Jiao has been shortlisted by New Contemporaries and ICA New Creatives.
Instagram / Website / RCA2023

Lauric Mahé-Stephenson (b. 1998, he/him) is a French-British visual artist and filmmaker, based between Paris and London. His works seek to build complex worlds where queer identity and monstrosity merge to embody a liberated sense of gender and sexuality. Using fantasy and folklore, his current project revolves around the creation of a corpus of Queer Fairy tales, both new and familiar, which reclaim and bend conventional archetypes. Lauric holds a MA in Contemporary Art Practice from the Royal College of Art, London, and a BA in Film Studies from King’s College, London. Instagram / Website / RCA2023

Eileen White is a UK-based artist working within the expanded field of print, site-specific installations and artist books to explore and make visible her experience of being in a specific landscape, alongside an awareness of our entanglements to history, temporality and our impact on Nature. Essentially this means taking time to create work using an ethical and caring framework. As such, she researches alternative ways to think about her relationship with the Earth that is less environmentally destructive by using slow, repetitive, low-tech, analogue print and photographic processes. Her interest in the hand-made is almost ritualistic, and her work often has a hushed, delicate presence. She refers to her work as ‘hauntings’,  personal collections of visual mappings and careful chartings of what is in transience. Eileen completed a BA Degree in Fine Art Textiles from Goldsmiths College London and is a recent graduate from the RCA.